minority

noun, often attributive
mi·​nor·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈnȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce minority (audio) , mī-, -ˈnär- \
plural minorities

Definition of minority

1a : the period before attainment of majority (see majority sense 2)
b : the state of being a legal minor
2 : the smaller in number of two groups constituting a whole specifically : a group having less than the number of votes necessary for control The proposition was opposed by a minority of voters.
3a : a part of a population differing from others in some characteristics and often subjected to differential treatment the country's ethnic minorities
b : a member of a minority group an effort to hire more minorities

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Examples of minority in a Sentence

The proposal is opposed by a minority of voters. The Republicans are now the minority in the Senate. The group is becoming an influential minority in the community.
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Recent Examples on the Web This isn’t the first way that Lowe’s has prioritized helping minority business-owners since the coronavirus pandemic began. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Lowe’s teams up with Daymond John to diversify its suppliers with a virtual pitch competition," 15 Sep. 2020 Some other major companies have recently made efforts to promote minority businesses as well. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "This Shark Tank star is partnering with Lowe's to help minority-owned businesses," 15 Sep. 2020 Ethnic minority and immigrant women seek formal support resources even less than white women. Krista M. Chronister, The Conversation, "Family and friends can be key to helping end domestic violence, study suggests," 15 Sep. 2020 Democrats dispute that claim and are expected to release a minority report. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ron Johnson says Donald Trump should win 'at least one' Nobel Peace Prize," 14 Sep. 2020 Fletcher’s office worked with local Black, Hispanic and Asian chambers of commerce to extend outreach to minority businesses owners. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County supervisors will dole out $14.5 million in COVID-19 business relief grants," 14 Sep. 2020 His commitment to a more centrist campaign has frustrated some progressives, who warn that Biden's careful campaign could turn off young and minority voters. Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, "Bernie Sanders: Biden win in November is no 'slam dunk'," 13 Sep. 2020 Legislation passed in December allocated $255 million in annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) funding to minority-serving colleges, including about $85 million allocated to HBCUs. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "President Trump and Michigan's Black voters: Not a love story," 11 Sep. 2020 The number of minority students rose with enrollment of Black students up 3.3% to 4,712 while Hispanic students gained 1.9% to 1,870. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "University of Alabama enrollment dips slightly in fall 2020," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of minority

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of minority was in the 15th century

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“Minority.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minority. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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minority

noun
How to pronounce minority (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of minority

: a number or amount that is less than half of a total
: the group that is the smaller part of a larger group
: a group of people who are different from the larger group in a country, area, etc., in some way (such as race or religion)

minority

noun
mi·​nor·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈnȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce minority (audio) \
plural minorities

Kids Definition of minority

1 : the state of not being old enough to have the full rights of an adult
2 : a number less than half of a total The proposal is opposed by a minority of voters.
3 : a group that makes up a smaller part of a larger group The animals affected are a minority.
4 : a part of a population that is in some ways (as in race or religion) different from others

minority

noun
mi·​nor·​i·​ty
plural minorities

Legal Definition of minority

1a : the period before attainment of majority
b : the state of being a minor
2 : the smaller of two groups constituting a whole: as
a : a group (as in a legislative body) having less than the number of votes necessary for control
b : a group of judges among those hearing an appeal who disagree with the majority's judgment : dissent sense 3
c : a group of jurisdictions taking a less widespread approach to or view of a legal question, issue, or problem
3a : a part of a population differing especially from the dominant group in some characteristics (as race, sex, or national origin) and often subject to differential treatment
b : a member of a minority an effort to hire more minorities

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