minor etymology

English word minor comes from Latin mina, Proto-Indo-European *mī-, Proto-Indo-European *pau-, and later Latin parvus (Ignorable, unimportant. Small, little, cheap.)

Detailed word origin of minor

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mina Latin (lat) (figuratively) threats, menaces. Projecting points, pinnacles, battlements, parapets.
*mī- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*pau- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
parvus Latin (lat) Ignorable, unimportant. Small, little, cheap.
minari Latin (lat)
minor English (eng) (British slang, dated) A younger brother (especially at a public school).. (mathematics) determinant of a square submatrix. (zoology) A small worker in a leaf-cutter ant colony, sized between a minim and a media.. A person who is below the legal age of majority, consent, criminal responsibility or other adult responsibilities and accountabilities.. A subject area of secondary concentration [...]

Words with the same origin as minor

Descendants of mina
administer administration administrative administrator menace minister ministry minority minus promenade
Descendants of *mī-
admit bottle common community ma mad mail male mask meal mean meaning miller mine minute minutes miss mix mixed monk more my nightmare poison