- the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.
- a smaller party or group opposed to a majority, as in voting or other action.
- a group in society distinguished from, and less dominant than, the more numerous majority: The ethnic minority was disproportionately affected by the reduction in preventative medical services.
- a racial, ethnic, religious, or social subdivision of a society that is subordinate to the dominant group in political, financial, or social power without regard to the size of these groups: legislation aimed at providing equal rights for minorities.
- a member of such a group.
- the state or period of being under the legal age of full responsibility.
- of or relating to a minority.
Origin of minority
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Examples from the Web for minority
The Baluch in Iran do not speak Farsi but Baluchi, just like the Baluch in Pakistan, and in Iran they are a Sunni minority.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Certainly, when it comes to the theological community, Francis is in the minority.Sorry, Internet: Pope Francis Didn't Open Paradise to Pets
December 14, 2014
Indeed, a majority of Democratic voters will be minority voters shortly after the next census is taken.2016 Is No Democratic Slam Dunk
December 1, 2014
The only difference between then and now is that they were the minority then and are the majority now, or soon.The Coming Battle for a New SecDef
November 25, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz, one of two Hispanic Republicans in the Senate, accused Democrats of “pigeonholing” minority candidates.The Republican Rainbow Coalition Is Real
November 18, 2014
And because the foreigners were in the minority they could not well defend themselves.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease.
The House divided and the government were left in a minority of nineteen.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
They are a detestable persecution when a minority promotes them.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
True, there were deputies and some others who were experienced; but they were in the minority.The Coyote
- the smaller in number of two parts, factions, or groups
- a group that is different racially, politically, etc, from a larger group of which it is a part
- the state of being a minor
- the period during which a person is below legal ageCompare majority
- (modifier) relating to or being a minoritya minority interest; a minority opinion
Word Origin and History for minority
1530s, "condition of being smaller," from Middle French minorité (15c.), or directly from Medieval Latin minoritatem (nominative minoritas), from Latin minor (see minor (adj.)). Meaning "state of being under legal age" is from 1540s; that of "smaller number or part" is from 1736. The meaning "group of people separated from the rest of a community by race, religion, language, etc." is from 1919, originally in an Eastern European context.