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noun ma·jor·i·ty \mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē, -ˈjär-\

Simple Definition of majority

  • : a number that is greater than half of a total

  • : a number of votes that is more than half of the total number

  • : the group or party that is the greater part of a large group

Full Definition of majority

plural ma·jor·i·ties

  1. 1 obsolete :  the quality or state of being greater

  2. 2 a :  the age at which full civil rights are accorded b :  the status of one who has attained this age

  3. 3 a :  a number or percentage equaling more than half of a total <a majority of voters> <a two-thirds majority> b :  the excess of a majority over the remainder of the total :  margin <won by a majority of 10 votes> c :  the greater quantity or share <the majority of the time>

  4. 4 :  the group or political party having the greater number of votes (as in a legislature)

  5. 5 :  the military office, rank, or commission of a major

majority adjective

Examples of majority

  1. A clear majority of the voters support the policy.

  2. The Republicans are currently the majority in the Senate.



1552

First Known Use of majority

1552

Rhymes with majority




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