What does majority mean?

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.


  1. majority

    Majority refers to a number or quantity that exceeds half of a total, or the greater part of something. In decision-making contexts, it refers to a group or party holding more than half of the votes. It can also refer to the larger portion of a group, regardless of the exact percentage.

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. Chuck Grassley:

    Obviously the views of the majority leader are important to consider, but they do not govern what happens here in the Senate Judiciary Committee, if consideration on the floor was the standard for approving a bill in committee or not, we wouldn't probably be moving any bills out of Senate Judiciary Committee.

  2. Ian Simm:

    The vast majority of investors don't think climate change is an issue they should take into account.

  3. Danielle Weston:

    I believe the board has failed to find common ground to improve educational outcomes for our 47,000 precious students, instead, the Round Rock ISD board majority continues to insist on doubling down on too many bad decisions to count.

  4. Hemal Trivedi:

    I wanted to make sense of my anger and I realized that Pakistan is a deeply divided country (where) there's a fringe minority that is trying to take over...from the vast majority of Pakistanis, the biggest ideological divide in Pakistan today is in the field of education so I wanted to document that polarity in the education system by following children in madrassas and schools.

  5. Chuck Schumer:

    Job No. 1 for us is to get the majority. We don't take anything for granted, but it's looking better and better, once we get the majority, we'll discuss it in our caucus.

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