- The definition of a minority is a group of people that differ in some way from the majority of the population, or any part of a whole that is smaller than the other parts.
- When you own less than 50 percent of a building, this is an example of a time when you own a minority interest.
- A person from a non-Caucasian race is an example of a minority.
minority definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. minorities
- the lesser part or smaller number; less than half of a total
- a group, party, or faction with a smaller number of votes or adherents than the majority
- a racial, religious, ethnic, or political group smaller than and differing from the larger, controlling group in a community, nation, etc.
- the period or condition of being under full legal age
Origin: Midieval Latin minoritas ; from Classical Latin minor, minor
minority definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. mi·nor·i·ties
- a. The smaller in number of two groups forming a whole.b. A group or party having fewer than a controlling number of votes.
- a. A racial, religious, political, national, or other group thought to be different from the larger group of which it is part.b. A group having little power or representation relative to other groups within a society.c. A member of one of these groups. See Usage Note at color.
- Law The state or period of being under legal age: still in her minority.
Origin: French minorité, from Medieval Latin minōritās, from Latin minor, smaller; see minor.
minority - Legal Definition
- An ethnic, religious, or other defined group of people who may face discrimination from the majority as a result of their differences.
- The condition of not yet being of legal age.
- A group of less than half of eligible voters.