noun, mi·nor·i·ty often attributive \mə-ˈnr-ə-tē, mī-, -ˈnär-\

: a number or amount that is less than half of a total

: the group that is the smaller part of a larger group

: a group of people who are different from the larger group in a country, area, etc., in some way (such as race or religion)

plural mi·nor·i·ties

Full Definition of MINORITY

a :  the period before attainment of majority
b :  the state of being a legal minor
:  the smaller in number of two groups constituting a whole; specifically :  a group having less than the number of votes necessary for control
a :  a part of a population differing from others in some characteristics and often subjected to differential treatment
b :  a member of a minority group <an effort to hire more minorities>

Examples of MINORITY

  1. The proposal is opposed by a minority of voters.
  2. The Republicans are now the minority in the Senate.
  3. The group is becoming an influential minority in the community.

First Known Use of MINORITY

15th century

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

Rhymes with MINORITY

MINORITIES Defined for Kids


noun mi·nor·i·ty \mə-ˈnr-ə-tē\
plural mi·nor·i·ties

Definition of MINORITY for Kids

:  the state of not being old enough to have the full rights of an adult
:  a number less than half of a total <The proposal is opposed by a minority of voters.>
:  a group that makes up a smaller part of a larger group <The animals affected are a minority.>
:  a part of a population that is in some ways (as in race or religion) different from others


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