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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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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Harris notes the majority of criminal justice policy occurs at the state and local level, but that the president can effect change by incentivizing behavior through federal funding. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris draws upon background in unveiling criminal justice plan," 9 Sep. 2019 If one were to take a poll asking which Coyotes' roster addition will be most important this coming season, the overwhelming majority would probably choose Phil Kessel, the six-time 30-goal scorer acquired via trade this summer. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Barrett Hayton — not Phil Kessel — may end up being the Coyotes' biggest roster addition," 9 Sep. 2019 For those keeping score at home: Whatever their preferences or prejudices, the great majority of Confederate soldiers were not slaveholders. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 With nine seats, that means voters would have a chance to elect the majority of council. Sharon Coolidge,, "Should some Cincinnati council seats be elected by district? These citizens think so.," 8 Sep. 2019 However, paying someone that kind of money for another year of doing nothing, more money in fact than the overwhelming majority of people will earn in their lifetime is a disgrace. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Are the Heat sacrificing developmental possibilities?," 8 Sep. 2019 Our lawmakers, no matter their intentions, are always influenced by what the majority of society demands as important. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Katy-area moms spotlight problem of human trafficking," 8 Sep. 2019 Cedillo, however, said that the majority of the families who get services at the Echo Park nonprofit live in his Eastside district. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. politician wants homeless housing on an Echo Park lot. His colleague calls it ‘Trumpian’," 8 Sep. 2019 Claire directed that program the majority of her 25-year career in the Lebanon school system., "Claire Adele Krause," 7 Sep. 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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