What does Minority mean?

Definitions for Minority
mɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-, maɪ-mi·nor·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. minoritynoun

    a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part

  2. minoritynoun

    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"

  3. minority, nonagenoun

    any age prior to the legal age


  1. Minoritynoun

    Those members of a legislature that belong to the political party which is in the minority in that institution; as, the bill will pass even if the minority are strongly opposed.


  1. minoritynoun

    Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority.

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

  2. minoritynoun

    Empowered by or representing a minority (usually a plurality) of votes cast, legislative seats, &c., rather than an outright majority thereof.

  3. minoritynoun

    A member of an ethnic minority.

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

  4. minoritynoun

    Youth; period or condition of a person prior to reaching adulthood.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Minoritynoun

    Etymology: minorité, Fr. from minor, Latin.

    I mov’d the king, my master, to speak in the behalf of my daughter, in the minority of them both. William Shakespeare.

    He is young, and his minority
    Is put into the trust of Richard Gloster. William Shakespeare.

    These changes in religion should be staid, until the king were of years to govern by himself: this the people apprehending worse than it was, a question was raised, whether, during the king’s minority, such alterations might be made or no. John Hayward, Edw. VI.

    Henry the Eighth, doubting he might die in the minority of his son, procured an act to pass, that no statute made during the minority of the king should bind him or his successors, except it were confirmed by the king at his full age. But the first act that passed in king Edward the Sixth’s time, was a repeal of that former act; at which time nevertheless the king was minor. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    If there be evidence, that it is not many ages since nature was in her minority, this may be taken for a good proof that she is not eternal. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Their counsels are warlike and ambitious, though something tempered by the minority of their king. William Temple.

    From this narrow time of gestation may ensue a minority, or smallness in the exclusion. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minority

    the state of being a minor, or under age

  2. Minority

    state of being less or small

  3. Minority

    the smaller number; -- opposed to majority; as, the minority must be ruled by the majority

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. minorit. See Minor, a. & n.]


  1. Minority

    "Minority" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the lead single from their sixth studio album, Warning. The song remained at No. 1 for five weeks in a row on the Billboard Modern Rock chart in late 2000, making it one of the most successful songs from the band in the 2000's.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Minority' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2884

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Minority' in Nouns Frequency: #1065

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Minority in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Minority in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Minority in a Sentence

  1. Derek Dieter:

    Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg( Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg) took a passive approach with the police department, i've gone through four or five mayors, but this has taken a certain turn. Qualified minority officers leave, because there is no avenue of advancement or promotion.

  2. President Biden:

    I used to think that hate could be defeated, it could be wiped out. But I learned a long time ago, it can't. It only hides. It hides. It hides under the rocks. And given any oxygen at all, it comes out. It's a minority view, but it comes out, and it comes out raging. And it's been given too much oxygen in the last four, five, seven, 10 years, and it has seen itself, whether it was -- I remember spending time at the -- you know, going to the -- you know, the Tree of Life Synagogue, speaking with the -- just --.

  3. Detroit Police Chief James Craig:

    I will not stand by and let a small minority of criminals come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe. Just know, we are not going to tolerate it.

  4. Shadi Hamid:

    That said, we're in a big country, so even if a minority decide to riot, that can still have a profound impact on the sense of having a country that is stable and secure, imagine, for example, if Donald Trump wins in 2024, I'm not sure I'd want to be in the middle of a major city right after that happens because … there could be a little bit of unrest.

  5. Bhairavi Desai:

    Uber and Lyft have built their business model off the sweat of drivers, paying the vast majority of New York City drivers less than minimum wage in New York City drivers quests to go public, now, instead of raising wages in anticipation of their windfall, they only want to offer stock grants to a small minority of drivers ?

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