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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Other Words from majority

majority adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for majority


bulk, generality, lion's share, mass, preponderance



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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.

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Master of the house Kyriakos Mitsotakis, leader of Greece’s centre-right New Democracy party, won an overall majority at a general election, thanks to a 50-seat top-up that is given to the party that wins the most seats. The Economist, "Politics this week," 13 July 2019 The Portuguese attacker found first-team action hard to come by following Nuno Espirito Santo's decision to go with a 3-5-2 formation for the majority of Wolves' 2018/19 campaign., "Fulham Sign Ivan Cavaleiro from Wolves in Season-Long Loan Deal With Option to Buy," 13 July 2019 The show pitted them against each other, not just for the boys’ friendship but their romantic attention as well, revitalizing the trope that there can only be one token girl in a majority-male friend group. Sophie Hayssen, Teen Vogue, "'Stranger Things' Season 3 Highlights Max and Eleven's Friendship," 12 July 2019 An overwhelming majority of these refugees, 81.4 percent are concentrated in urban centers such as Amman, and 85 percent live below the poverty line. Fox News, "Jordan buckling under pressure of growing refugee crisis," 12 July 2019 Most Amazon associates are on their feet for the majority of their shifts, and injuries remain common (a board near the entrance to LGA9 said there had been nearly 150 injuries this year so far). Mike Murphy, Quartz, "The only thing making Prime Day bearable for Amazon workers is the robots," 12 July 2019 Record labels and studios pull in the majority of revenue from YouTube Premium subscriptions (which offer ad-free viewing and music streaming), says Anthony D’Angelo, a YouTube creator and former director of the Internet Creators Guild. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube’s alternative monetization strategy is a good step, but it ignores bigger problems," 12 July 2019 The district’s majority-white school board resisted the merger for several years, despite federal pressure, with some predicting white flight to private schools. Washington Post, "As Dems debate busing, southern schools slowly desegregate," 11 July 2019 Cult favorite brand Reformation will soon be majority-owned by private equity firm Permira Advisers. Fortune, "How Away Is Outlawing Internal Emails: The Broadsheet," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of majority

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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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

1a : legal age
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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