[ mi-nawr-i-tee, -nor, -mahy- ]
/ mɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr, -maɪ- /

noun, plural mi·nor·i·ties.


of or relating to a minority.

Origin of minority

From the Medieval Latin word minōritās, dating back to 1525–35. See minor, -ity
Related formsnon·mi·nor·i·ty, adjectivepro·mi·nor·i·ty, adjective
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/ (maɪˈnɒrɪtɪ, mɪ-) /

noun plural -ties

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
  1. the state of being a minor
  2. 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 for minority

C16: from Medieval Latin minōritās, from Latin minor
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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.

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