- Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.
- [Mus] Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third.
Etymology: L., a comparative with no positive; akin to AS. min small, G. minder less, OHG. minniro, a., min, adv., Icel. minni, a., minnr, adv., Goth. minniza, a., mins, adv., Ir. & Gael. min small, tender, L. minuere to lessen, Gr. miny`qein, Skr. mi to damage. Cf. Minish Minister Minus Minute