minor

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin minor (rather small)

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Adjective[edit]

minor (comparative more minor, superlative most minor)

  1. Of little significance or importance.
    The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page viii
      There is now such an immense "microliterature" on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.
  2. (music) Of a scale which has lowered scale degrees three, six, and seven relative to major, but with the sixth and seventh not always lowered
    a minor scale.
  3. (music) being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number

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Noun[edit]

minor (plural minors)

  1. A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability.
    It is illegal to sell weapons to minors under the age of eighteen.
  2. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, it became my minor.
    • I became an English minor.
  3. (mathematics) determinant of a square submatrix

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Verb[edit]

minor (third-person singular simple present minors, present participle minoring, simple past and past participle minored)

  1. To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, I decided to minor in it.

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Interlingua[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

minor (not comparable)

  1. (comparative form of parve) smaller

le minor

  1. the smallest

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Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

See minuō

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minor (comparative of parvus)

  1. comparative of parvus; lesser, inferior, smaller.
  2. vocative masculine singular of minor
  3. vocative feminine singular of minor
  4. accusative neuter singular of minor
  5. vocative neuter singular of minor

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Third declension, comparative variant.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative minor minus minōrēs minōra
genitive minōris minōris minōrum minōrum
dative minōrī minōrī minōribus minōribus
accusative minōrem minus minōrēs minōra
ablative minōre minōre minōribus minōribus
vocative minor minus minōrēs minōra

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Noun[edit]

minor m (genitive minoris); third declension

  1. subordinate
  2. descendants (in plural)

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Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative minor minorēs
genitive minoris minorum
dative minorī minoribus
accusative minorem minorēs
ablative minore minoribus
vocative minor minorēs

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Verb[edit]

present active minor, present infinitive minārī, perfect active minātus sum (deponent)

  1. I jut forth, protrude, project.
  2. I threaten, menace someone with something.

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

minor

  1. indefinite plural of mina