majority

noun ma·jor·i·ty \ mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē , -ˈjär- \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of majority

plural majorities
1 obsolete : the quality or state of being greater
2 a : 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 a : 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
4 : the group or political party having the greater number of votes (as in a legislature)
5 : the military office, rank, or commission of a major
  • majorities and colonelcies were thick as June blackberries
  • —Dixon Wecter

majority

adjective

Examples of majority in a Sentence

  1. A clear majority of the voters support the policy.

  2. The Republicans are currently the majority in the Senate.

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First Known Use of majority

1552



MAJORITY Defined for English Language Learners

majority

noun

Definition of majority for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MAJORITY Defined for Kids

majority

noun ma·jor·i·ty \ mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē \

Definition of majority for Students

plural majorities
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

Law Dictionary

majority

noun ma·jor·i·ty \ mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē \

legal Definition of majority

plural majorities
1 a : legal age
b : the status of one who has reached legal age
2 a : a number or quantity greater than half of a total — compare plurality
b : the excess of a majority over the remainder of the total
3 a : 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 3

majority

adjective


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