Synonyms for minor

Grammar : Adj, noun
Spell : mahy-ner
Phonetic Transcription : ˈmaɪ nər

Top 10 synonyms for minor Other synonyms for the word minor

Définition of minor

Origin :
  • early 13c., menour "Franciscan" (see minor (n.)), from Latin minor "less, lesser, smaller, junior," figuratively "inferior, less important," formed as a masculine/feminine form of minus on the mistaken assumption that minus was a neuter comparative, from PIE root *mei- "small" (see minus).
  • Some English usages are via Old French menor "less, smaller, lower; underage, younger," from Latin minor. Meaning "underage" is from 1570s. Meaning "lesser" in English is from early 15c.; that of "less important" is from 1620s. The musical sense is from 1690s. In the baseball sense, minor league is from 1884; the figurative extension is first recorded 1926.
  • adj insignificant, small
  • noun person under legal age of maturity
Example sentences :
  • In the matter of minor industries, sericulture holds a first rank.
  • Extract from : « Explorations in Australia » by John Forrest
  • The same holds good as to minor front or rear displacements.
  • Extract from : « Flying Machines » by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • This man had an infected leg that required some minor surgery.
  • Extract from : « The Leopard Woman » by Stewart Edward White
  • The man of purpose says no to all lesser calls, all minor opportunities.
  • Extract from : « The Call of the Twentieth Century » by David Starr Jordan
  • He and his friends were approaching Macri, on the coast of Asia Minor.
  • Extract from : « Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II » by Francis Augustus Cox
  • The great conflicts of the West, and the minor battles had accounted for the others.
  • Extract from : « The Rock of Chickamauga » by Joseph A. Altsheler
  • It matters not how many of the minor arts the youth acquires.
  • Extract from : « Scientific American Supplement, No. 497, July 11, 1885 » by Various
  • The minor virtues are not to be despised, even in comparison with the most exalted.
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth
  • An hour ago a rainstorm would have been a minor catastrophe.
  • Extract from : « The Forest » by Stewart Edward White
  • "I dare say Ruggles and I can be depended upon to decide a minor matter like that," he said.
  • Extract from : « Ruggles of Red Gap » by Harry Leon Wilson

Antonyms for minor

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