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majority

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

: 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

plural ma·jor·i·ties

Full Definition of MAJORITY

1
obsolete :  the quality or state of being greater
2
a :  the age at which full civil rights are accorded
b :  the status of one who has attained this age
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
:  the group or political party having the greater number of votes (as in a legislature)
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.

First Known Use of MAJORITY

1552

Rhymes with MAJORITY

MAJORITY Defined for Kids

majority

noun ma·jor·i·ty \mə-ˈjr-ə-tē\
plural ma·jor·i·ties

Definition of MAJORITY for Kids

1
:  a number greater than half of a total
2
:  a group or party that makes up the greater part of a whole body of people <The majority chose a leader.>
3
:  the amount by which a number is more than half the total <She won the election by a majority of 200 votes.>
4
:  the age at which a person has the full rights of an adult

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