major party


: a political party having electoral strength sufficient to permit it to win control of a government usually with comparative regularity and when defeated to constitute the principal opposition to the party in power

Examples of major party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others suggest that the nation’s two major parties have not spent enough time and resources on Hispanic outreach. Jazmine Ulloa, New York Times, 16 May 2024 States and large cities typically had at least two rival machines, one for each major party. TIME, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for major party 

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of major party was in 1950

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“Major party.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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