Definitions for Minoritymɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-, maɪ-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
mi•nor•i•tymɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-, maɪ-(n.; adj.)(pl.)-ties
(n.)the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.
a smaller group opposed to a majority.
Also called minor′ity group`. a group differing, esp. in race, religion, or ethnic background, from the majority of a population.
a member of such a group.
the state or period of being under full legal age.
(adj.)of or pertaining to a minority.
Origin of minority:
1525–35; < ML minōritās. See minor , -ity
a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part
being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts
"when the vote was taken they were in the minority"; "he held a minority position"
any age prior to the legal age
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
minority(noun)ɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-, maɪ-
Non-religious students were in the minority in the class.; a bacteria found in a minority of patients
minorityɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-, maɪ-
a group within a society that is different because of race, ethnicity, religion, etc.
ethnic/religious/racial minorities; loans to help minorities
Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority.
Most people agreed, but a sizable minority were upset by the decision.
Empowered by or representing a minority (usually a plurality) of votes cast, legislative seats, &c., rather than an outright majority thereof.
A member of an ethnic minority.
The company claims it has hired several minorities since the complaint was lodged.
Youth; period or condition of a person prior to reaching adulthood.
the state of being a minor, or under age
state of being less or small
the smaller number; -- opposed to majority; as, the minority must be ruled by the majority
Translations for Minority
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a small number; less than half
Only a minority of people live in the countryside; a racial/political minority.
- klein hoeveelheid, minderheidAfrikaans
- minoriaPortuguese (BR)
- die MinderheitGerman
- minnihluti; minnihlutahópurIcelandic
- mindretall, minoritetNorwegian
- 少數Chinese (Trad.)
- меншість; менша частинаUkrainian
- thiểu sốVietnamese
- 少数Chinese (Simp.)
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