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

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    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. Joe Twyman:

    There are a sizable minority of people who are now anti-lockdown and they are getting louder, disproportionate to their size.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    Once again, the Senate Republican minority has launched a partisan blockade of a pressing issue.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    Why isn't Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer moving bills onto the floor -- bipartisan bills to deal with election security in 2020. FBI Director( Christopher) Wray said it's going to be worse in 2020 than it was in 2016. And because the Russians laid off in 2018, a non-presidential year, doesn't mean we can sit and do nothing. And yet that seems to be what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to do.

  4. Republican Daron Shaw:

    It takes some unique circumstances for a Democrat to defeat a Republican in Alabama, but a sizable minority of Republican women has turned away from Moore, and he has to worry about additional defections on Election Day.

  5. Di Nonno:

    They were much less often depicted as funny, they were more in that model minority [ trope ] of being hard working and rigid and smart.

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