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

Definition of majority

1a : 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
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
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

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majority adjective

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite the state's overall transmission rating, the majority of California's counties are experiencing high transmission. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 With the majority of Baby Boomers moving out of the workforce by 2030, younger generations will not necessarily have the experience or training necessary to fill many of the jobs left behind. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Mike would be the first of many CIA officers who would give their lives for their country in the aftermath of 9/11, the vast majority working to prevent another attack on the homeland. CBS News, 22 Sep. 2021 The large commercial labs that process the majority of tests performed at hospitals and testing sites still report plenty of capacity. Matthew Perrone, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Sep. 2021 After redshirting the 2019 season, Bywater sat out the majority of the 2020 season after tearing his posterior labrum. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021 The results were pretty much 50/50, but the majority of the hell noes came from men, with scratches cited as the number one deterrent. Brynn Wallner, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Sep. 2021 The majority of her interviewees had, at one point, taken part in a diversity scheme or been commissioned through a diversity drive. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 New rules in South Korea will likely force the majority of the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges to close by Friday. Clay Chandler And Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of majority

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 5

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The first known use of majority was in 1552

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“Majority.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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


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


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

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