- Majority is defined as the greater portion or more than half.
An example of majority is 700 out of 1,000 people saying that they prefer vanilla to chocolate ice cream.
majority definition by Webster's New World
- the greater part or larger number; more than half of a total
- ☆ the number by which the votes cast for the candidate, bill, etc. receiving more than half of the votes, exceed the remaining votes (Ex.: if candidate A gets 100 votes, candidate B, 50, and candidate C, 30, A has a majority of 20)
- the group, party, or faction with more than half of the votes
- the condition or time of having reached full legal age, with full legal rights and responsibilities
- Obsolete the state or quality of being greater
- Mil. the rank or position of a major
Origin: French majorité ; from Midieval Latin majoritas ; from Classical Latin major: see major
majority definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ma·jor·i·ties
- The greater number or part; a number more than half of the total.
- The amount by which the greater number of votes cast, as in an election, exceeds the total number of remaining votes.
- The political party, group, or faction having the most power by virtue of its larger representation or electoral strength.
- Law The status of having reached full legal age, with attendant rights and responsibilities.
- The military rank, commission, or office of a major.
- Obsolete The fact or state of being greater; superiority.
Origin: French majorité, from Medieval Latin māiōritās, from Latin māior, greater; see meg- in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: When majority refers to a particular number of votes, it takes a singular verb: Her majority was five votes. His majority has been growing by 5 percent every year. When it refers to a group of persons or things that are in the majority, it may take either a singular or plural verb, depending on whether the group is considered as a whole or as a set of people considered individually. So we say The majority elects (not elect) the candidate it wants (not they want), since the election is accomplished by the group as a whole; but The majority of the voters live (not lives) in the city, since living in the city is something that each voter does individually. • Majority is often preceded by great (but not by greater) in expressing emphatically the sense of “most of”: The great majority approved. The phrase greater majority is appropriate only when considering two majorities: He won by a greater majority in this election than in the last.
majority - Business Definition
majority - Legal Definition
- The status of having attained the age of adulthood as set by law.
- More than fifty percent of a total (usually referring to people in a group voting in an election or on a matter placed before them).