majority[mə jôr′ə tē, -jär′-]
- 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.
- 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 of majorityFrench majorité ; from Medieval Latin majoritas ; from Classical Latin major: see major
- 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 age at which a person is recognized as an adult by the law.
- The military rank, commission, or office of a major.
Origin of majorityFrench 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.
- More than half (50%) of some group
- The majority agreed that the new proposal was the best.
- Those opposing the building plans were in the majority, so the building project was canceled.
- The difference between the winning vote and the rest of the votes
- The winner with 53% had a 6% majority over the loser with 47%.
- (dated) Legal adulthood
- By the time I reached my majority, I had already been around the world twice.
- (UK) The office held by a member of the armed forces in the rank of major
- On receiving the news of his promotion, Charles Snodgrass said he was delighted to be entering his majority.
- Ancestors; ancestry.
- Majority in the sense of "more than half" is used with countable nouns only; for example, "The majority of the members of the committee were in favour of the motion." It is incorrect to use with it uncountable nouns, as in "The majority of the world is covered with water." In the latter case, it is preferable to use expressions such as "the larger part of" or "most of" instead of the "the majority of",
- (more than half): minority
From Middle French majorité.
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).