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 Not to mention that the reconciliation process frequently results in the theatrics of the minority party using the Byrd rule to publicly flog the majority party’s policies. Marie Sapirie, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 That left some wondering about the respondents in the minority. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2021 The new redistricting system is meant to encourage bipartisanship by requiring two minority party votes to create 10-year maps. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 31 Aug. 2021 The alternative is for cautious Democrats to cement their legacy as the Party of the 37%, aka the minority party. Will Bunch, Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 This week was not the first time Texas legislators in the minority party fled in an attempt to block passage of controversial legislation. New York Times, 13 July 2021 During the pandemic, Indy Chamber created a series of new business loans with an emphasis on equity, acknowledging that many small and minority-owned businesses had a lack of access to capital, Murphy said. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2021 The commission, which includes five Republicans and two Democrats, could approve a map that lasts only four years with a simple majority and no support from the minority party. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2021 There’s little the minority party can do now to derail the bill, barring another walkout. Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2021

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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

noun

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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