[ mi-nawr-i-tee, -nor, -mahy- ]
/ mɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr, -maɪ- /
noun, plural mi·nor·i·ties.
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.
Words nearby minority
OTHER WORDS FROM minoritynon·mi·nor·i·ty, adjectivepro·mi·nor·i·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for non-minority
/ (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
- 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 for minority
C16: from Medieval Latin minōritās, from Latin minor
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