majority

noun

ma·​jor·​i·​ty mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce majority (audio)
-ˈjär-
plural majorities
1
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
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 majorityW. 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 blackberriesDixon Wecter
5
obsolete : the quality or state of being greater
majority adjective

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 But not all racers go pro; out of the 50,000 people or so who participate in USA BMX, only 200 to 300 are pro, Wahl said, leaving the majority as mostly hobby racers whose participation in national races doubles as a family vacation. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 7 July 2024 Hence, a simple majority was all that was required for Senate confirmation. Letters To The Editor, Orlando Sentinel, 7 July 2024 After a week of political bargaining, hundreds of candidates stood down in particular seats to try to deny the RN an absolute majority. Christian Edwards, CNN, 7 July 2024 The 6-3 majority could have issued a narrow ruling on the government’s indictment of Trump. Kevin Rennie, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for majority 

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Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Time Traveler
The first known use of majority was in 1552

Dictionary Entries Near majority

Cite this Entry

“Majority.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/majority. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

majority

noun
ma·​jor·​i·​ty mə-ˈjȯr-ət-ē How to pronounce majority (audio)
-ˈjär-
plural majorities
1
a
: the age at which one is given full civil rights
b
: the status of one who has reached this age
2
a
: a number or percentage greater than half of a total
b
: the amount by which such a number exceeds the smaller number
won by a majority of seven
3
: the group or party that makes up the greater part of a whole body of persons
the majority in the senate
4
: the military office or rank of a major

Legal Definition

majority

noun
ma·​jor·​i·​ty mə-ˈjȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce majority (audio)
plural majorities
1
a
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 sense 3
majority adjective

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