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 majority W. 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 blackberries Dixon Wecter
5
obsolete : the quality or state of being greater
majority adjective

Example Sentences

A clear majority of the voters support the policy. The Republicans are currently the majority in the Senate.
Recent Examples on the Web Texas’s 15th, a majority-Hispanic district, is R+1. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 And Detroit was still the second-best team on the field last Sunday for the vast majority of the game. cleveland, 20 Nov. 2022 This past June, the current majority-conservative Supreme Court overturned the decision, unnerving citizens nationwide. Brooklyn White, Essence, 18 Nov. 2022 There are three main companies in FTX Group, all founded and majority-owned by Mr. Bankman-Fried: FTX, a crypto exchange based in the Bahamas; FTX US, a U.S.-based crypto exchange; and Alameda Research. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Zimmer predicted then that robotaxis would account for the majority of Lyft rides in the middle of the next decade (that’s two years from today). WIRED, 17 Nov. 2022 Republicans were within six seats of reaching the 218 needed for a majority last Sunday, but contests in California and Colorado remained uncalled. Meg Kinnard, ajc, 17 Nov. 2022 On Wednesday, Republicans gained the minimum 218 seats needed for a majority. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 The leadup to launch stayed issue-free for the majority of tanking procedures that began Tuesday afternoon, but soon after 10 p.m., yet another liquid hydrogen leak headache came forth coupled with a malfunctioning radar down range. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'majority.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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 29 Nov. 2022.

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

More from Merriam-Webster on majority

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ