majority

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

Definition of majority

1 obsolete : the quality or state of being greater
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
3a : 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

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Other Words from majority

majority adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for majority

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

minority

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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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First Known Use of majority

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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majority

noun

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

majority

noun
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

majority

noun
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

Other Words from majority

majority adjective

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