Definition of minority
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>
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.
First Known Use of minority
MINORITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of minority for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of minority for Students
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
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 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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