ma·​jor·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce majority (audio) , -ˈjär- \
plural majorities

Definition of majority

1a : 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
2a : the age at which full civil rights are accorded The age of majority in the U.S. is 18.
b : the status of one who has attained this age graduated … before he had attained his majority— W. L. Burrage
3 : the group or political party having the greater number of votes (as in a legislature)
4 : the military office, rank, or commission of a major majorities and colonelcies were thick as June blackberries— Dixon Wecter
5 obsolete : the quality or state of being greater

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majority adjective

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Examples of majority in a Sentence

A clear majority of the voters support the policy. The Republicans are currently the majority in the Senate.
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans, who are facing an increasingly tough battle to keep their Senate majority, could also face political ramifications over the deadlock. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Senate GOP introduces slimmed-down COVID-19 relief bill that Democrats vow to block," 9 Sep. 2020 Rahsaan Perry, an event-goer who wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt, said he was touched by the majority turnout of non-Black supporters at the event. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Labor Day rally urging racial equality draws hundreds of supporters," 8 Sep. 2020 The US State Department estimates that since 2015 as many as two million of the Muslim-majority Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities have been imprisoned in enormous re-education camps in Xinjiang. Ben Westcott And Selina Wang, CNN, "Disney hit by backlash after thanking Xinjiang authorities in 'Mulan' credits," 8 Sep. 2020 Louisiana’s Republican legislative majority and Democratic governor couldn’t agree on how to safely hold an election during the COVID-19 pandemic. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana's coronavirus election plan heads to court," 8 Sep. 2020 Separatist sentiment has long simmered in Xinjiang, where resistance to Communist Party rule has at times flared into deadly attacks against symbols of Beijing’s authority and the country’s Han Chinese majority. WSJ, "Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Faces Controversy Over Filming in China’s Xinjiang," 8 Sep. 2020 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez backed a merger of CaixaBank SA and Bankia SA that would allow the government to dilute its majority stake in Bankia. Thomas Gualtieri,, "Spain Premier Backs State-Owned Bankia Merger With Caixabank," 7 Sep. 2020 The vast majority land first in county shelters that often have little information about the dog’s past. Eileen Kelley,, "Thousands of pit bulls run the streets, and many end up as pets," 6 Sep. 2020 The son of Violence has had a majority share bought by Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bumpy start, a smooth finish at Del Mar," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of majority

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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11 Sep 2020

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“Majority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


ma·​jor·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce majority (audio) \
plural majorities

Kids Definition of majority

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


ma·​jor·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce majority (audio) \
plural majorities

Legal Definition of majority

b : the status of one who has reached legal age
2a : a number or quantity greater than half of a total — compare plurality
b : the excess of a majority over the remainder of the total
3a : the group or political party whose votes predominate
b : the judges voting in a particular case who together determine the prevailing decision — see also majority opinion at opinion — compare dissent sense 3

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