Definition of minor adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmaɪnə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪnər//
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  1. 1  [usually before noun] not very large, important or serious a minor road minor injuries to undergo minor surgery youths imprisoned for minor offences There may be some minor changes to the schedule. Women played a relatively minor role in the organization. opposite major
  2. 2 (music) based on a scale in which the third note is a semitone / half step higher than the second note the key of C minor compare major
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin, ‘smaller, less’; related to minuere ‘lessen’. The term originally denoted a Franciscan friar, suggested by the Latin name Fratres Minores (‘Lesser Brethren’), chosen by St Francis for the order.Extra examples That’s a relatively minor matter. We can leave it till later. This is a very minor operation and there is very little risk involved. A minor snag is that it’s expensive. Both the driver and the passenger suffered minor injuries. His only injuries were some minor scratches above his eye. Minor skirmishes broke out all along the border. Most of these youths are in prison for minor offences. The CD contains a number of delightful short pieces by minor composers. The letter’s survival is something of a minor miracle. The new plan involves widening a minor road through the valley. The novel is now regarded as a minor classic. You may need to undergo minor surgery.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: minor