Minority definition

mə-nôrĭ-tē, -nŏr-, mī-
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Of or having to do with a group, political party, etc. that constitutes a minority.
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A group, party, or faction with a smaller number of votes or adherents than the majority.
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The lesser part or smaller number; less than half of a total.
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(US) A member of an ethnic minority. [from 20th c.]

The company claims it has hired several minorities since the complaint was lodged.

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A racial, religious, political, national, or other group thought to be different from the larger group of which it is part.
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The period or condition of being under full legal age.
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A racial, religious, ethnic, or political group smaller than and differing from the larger population in a community, nation, etc. and often regarded as having particular social or political advantages or disadvantages.
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A member of such a group.

Scholarship opportunities for minorities.

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A group or party having fewer than a controlling number of votes.
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A group having little power or representation relative to other groups within a society.
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An ethnic, religious, or other defined group of people who may face discrimination from the majority as a result of their differences.
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The condition of not yet being of legal age.
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A group of less than half of eligible voters.
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The state of being a minor; youth, the period of a person's life prior to reaching adulthood. [from 15th c.]
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Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority. [from 18th c.]

Most people agreed, but a sizable minority were upset by the decision.

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(politics, used attributively of a party, government, etc.) Empowered by or representing a minority (usually a plurality) of votes cast, legislative seats, etc., rather than an outright majority thereof.
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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.

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(law) The state or period of being younger than the age for legal adulthood.

Still in her minority.

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The smaller in number of two groups forming a whole.
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A member of one of these groups.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
minority
Plural:
minorities

Origin of minority

  • French minorité from Medieval Latin minōritās from Latin minor smaller minor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French minorité, and its source Late Latin minoritas, from Latin minor.

    From Wiktionary