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.

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


  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minority

    the state of being a minor, or under age

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

  2. Minority

    state of being less or small

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

  3. Minority

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

    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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British National Corpus

  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. 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 --.

  2. Doug Jones:

    I think we have to continue to maintain the institutions of the Senate, and the filibuster has long since been an important part of that for the minority, and I would not favor getting rid of that.

  3. Anna Vaananen:

    That's why I think one needs to be very realistic in the oil and gas sector, they are more tactical investments sometimes, rather than fundamental investments for minority shareholders.

  4. Van Tol:

    There is a lot of subjective judgment that goes into making an appraisal. That means there is a lot of room for bias, banks should be thinking about who they do business with. Are they inadvertently supporting low valuations in minority communities ?

  5. Sanjay Shah:

    We had this line where he says,' Why did I leave ? We are the white people of here,' i can't tell you how many of my minority friends who watch the show reference that line because they felt that way when they have visited their families' home countries.

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