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Definitions for majority
məˈdʒɔr ɪ ti, -ˈdʒɒr-ma·jor·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. majority, bulknoun

    the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part

    "the majority of his customers prefer it"; "the bulk of the work is finished"

  2. majority, absolute majoritynoun

    (elections) more than half of the votes

  3. majority, legal agenoun

    the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs


  1. majoritynoun

    More than half (50%) of some group

  2. majoritynoun

    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%.

  3. majoritynoun

    Legal adulthood

    By the time I reached my majority, I had already been around the world twice.

  4. majoritynoun

    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.

  5. Etymology: From majorité.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Majoritynoun

    Etymology: from major.

    It is not plurality of parts without majority of parts that maketh the total greater. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.

    It was highly probable the majority would be so wise as to espouse that cause which was most agreeable to the publick weal, and by that means hinder a sedition. Addison.

    As in senates so in schools,
    Majority of voices rules. Matthew Prior.

    Decent executions keep the world in awe; for that reason the majority of mankind ought to be hanged every year. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.

    Of evil parents an evil generation, a posterity not unlike their majority; of mischievous progenitors, a venemous and destructive progeny. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iii.

    During the infancy of Henry the IIId, the barons were troubled in expelling the French: but this prince was no sooner come to his majority, but the barons raised a cruel war against him. John Davies, on Ireland.

    Douglas, whose high deeds,
    Whose hot incursions, and great name in arms,
    Holds from all soldiers chief majority,
    And military title capital. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Majoritynoun

    the quality or condition of being major or greater; superiority

  2. Majoritynoun

    the military rank of a major

  3. Majoritynoun

    the condition of being of full age, or authorized by law to manage one's own affairs

  4. Majoritynoun

    the greater number; more than half; as, a majority of mankind; a majority of the votes cast

  5. Majoritynoun

    ancestors; ancestry

  6. Majoritynoun

    the amount or number by which one aggregate exceeds all other aggregates with which it is contrasted; especially, the number by which the votes for a successful candidate exceed those for all other candidates; as, he is elected by a majority of five hundred votes. See Plurality

  7. Etymology: [F. majorit. See Major.]


  1. Majority

    A majority is a subset of a set consisting of more than half of the set's elements. This can be compared to a plurality, which is a subset larger than any other subset considered; i.e. a plurality is not necessarily a majority as the largest subset considered may consist of less than half the set's elements. In British English, majority and plurality are often used as synonyms, and the term majority is also alternatively used to refer to the winning margin, i.e. the number of votes separating the first-place finisher from the second-place finisher. A majority may be called a simple majority to contrast with other types of majority: an overall majority, in parliamentary systems, is the difference of legislators between the government and its opposition; an absolute majority is a majority of all electors, not just those who voted; and a supermajority is a stronger majority than a simple majority.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. majority

    High rank; specifically, the military rank of a major.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'majority' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1007

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'majority' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1359

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'majority' in Nouns Frequency: #440

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of majority in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of majority in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of majority in a Sentence

  1. Dennis Duncan:

    The majority of us are naked the majority of the time, so days like that aren’t a big deal, we swim and hike naked all the time. Every day is Hike Naked Day.

  2. Jim Kessler:

    I think there's an exhausted majority out there, looking for something bold but normal, it's putting guard rails around capitalism, it's not rejecting capitalism and doing a demolition job.

  3. Catherine Troisi:

    We know that 40 %, maybe even higher, of cases are asymptomatic, meaning they don't have a fever. So, you might catch a few people, but not the vast majority of infected people, handing out masks is good, but better would be requiring masks and modeling behavior of wearing masks. And given that mask wearing has become a political statement, I think there will be social pressure not to wear a mask. In this event, the hand sanitizer is good, but I don't think you're going to stop a lot of cases that way. Most of the spread is through the air.

  4. Jessica Anderson:

    There are conservative candidates and conservative polices on the line, let's go and get this done and win back a [congressional] majority for the right reasons and frankly with the right people.

  5. John Simon:

    Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.

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