- the greater part or number; the number larger than half the total (opposed to minority): the majority of the population.
- a number of voters or votes, jurors, or others in agreement, constituting more than half of the total number.
- the amount by which the greater number, as of votes, surpasses the remainder (distinguished from plurality).
- the party or faction with the majority vote: The Democratic Party is the majority.
- the state or time of being of full legal age: to attain one's majority.
- the military rank or office of a major.
- join the (great) majority, to die.
Origin of majority
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Examples from the Web for majority
This is a state, after all, where Duke, in his statewide race for governor in 1991, received a majority of the white vote.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
Just a week before the start of a new Congress, the new House majority whip is fighting for his political life.No. 3 Republican Admits Talking to White Supremacist Conference
December 30, 2014
In neighborhoods such as Harlem, 33 percent of students attend charter schools, a majority of them black or Latino.How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats
December 29, 2014
The majority of these stories are making their first appearance online.The Best of The Stacks: Mencken, Mel Brooks, Allman Brothers, and More
December 27, 2014
The majority of the questions they asked were related to my work and activities.A Daughter’s Plea: Free My Father from Prison in Iran
Mitra Pourshajari, Movements.Org, Advancing Human Rights
December 26, 2014
The chapel was thronged, the majority of members being women.
If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease.
It was found that ninety-three Liberals had voted with the majority.
"That's three to one, Emma, and the majority rules," evaded Grace.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Mr. Gladstone received a majority of 173 over his ultra-Protestant opponent.
- the greater number or part of somethingthe majority of the constituents
- (in an election) the number of votes or seats by which the strongest party or candidate beats the combined opposition or the runner-upSee relative majority, absolute majority
- the largest party or group that votes together in a legislative or deliberative assembly
- the time of reaching or state of having reached full legal age, when a person is held competent to manage his own affairs, exercise civil rights and duties, etc
- the rank, office, or commission of major
- euphemistic the dead (esp in the phrases join the majority, go or pass over to the majority)
- obsolete the quality or state of being greater; superiority
- (modifier) of, involving, or being a majoritya majority decision; a majority verdict
- in the majority forming or part of the greater number of something
Word Origin and History for majority
1550s, "condition of being greater, superiority," from Middle French majorité (16c.), from Medieval Latin majoritatem (nominative majoritas) "majority," from Latin maior "greater" (see major (adj.)). Sense of "state of being of full age" is attested from 1560s; meaning "greater number or part" (of votes, etc.) first recorded 1690s. The majority "the dead" recorded from 1719.