noun, mi·nor·i·ty often attributive \mə-ˈnȯr-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)
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>
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Examples of MINORITY
- The proposal is opposed by a minority of voters.
- The Republicans are now the minority in the Senate.
- The group is becoming an influential minority in the community.
First Known Use of MINORITY
: 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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