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majority

[ muh-jawr-i-tee, -jor- ]
/ məˈdʒɔr ɪ ti, -ˈdʒɒr- /
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noun, plural ma·jor·i·ties.

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.

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Idioms for majority

    join the (great) majority, to die.

Origin of majority

From the Medieval Latin word majōritās, dating back to 1545–55. See major, -ity

synonym study for majority

3. Majority, plurality, in the context of an election, poll, or other voting situation resulting in a statistically based statement, both denote an amount or number larger than some other. In situations in which only two candidates, options, or positions are concerned, the terms are interchangeable, though majority is by far the more commonly used: She beat her opponent by a large majority. The proposal received a large plurality of “Yes” votes. When three or more choices are available, however, a distinction is made between majority and plurality. A majority, then, consists of more than one-half of all the votes cast, while a plurality is merely the number of votes one candidate receives in excess of the votes for the candidate with the next largest number. Thus, in an election in which three candidates receive respectively 500, 300, and 200 votes, the first candidate has a plurality of 200 votes, but not a majority of all the votes cast. If the three candidates receive 600, 300, and 100 votes, the first has a majority of 100 votes (that is 100 votes more than one-half the total of 1000 cast) and a plurality of 300 votes over the nearest opponent.

OTHER WORDS FROM majority

non·ma·jor·i·ty, noun, plural non·ma·jor·i·ties.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH majority

majority , plurality (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for majority

majority
/ (məˈdʒɒrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

Word Origin for majority

C16: from Medieval Latin mājoritās, from major (adj)

usage for majority

The majority of can only refer to a number of things or people. When talking about an amount, most of should be used: most of (not the majority of) the harvest was saved
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