model minority

[ mod-l mahy-nawr-i-tee, -nor- ]

  1. a minoritized racial, ethnic, religious, or social group, or a member of such a group, that is stereotypically viewed by the dominant group as being more successful or embodying traits more valuable to society than other such groups or individuals: Paradoxically, Asian Americans are perceived as both a model minority—happier, more successful, and more educated—and as perpetual foreigners.

Origin of model minority

First recorded in 1965–70

Words Nearby model minority Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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