minority

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French minorité, and its source Late Latin minoritas, from Latin minor.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /mʌɪˈnɒ.ɹᵻ.ti/, /mᵻˈnɒ.ɹᵻ.ti/
  • (US) IPA(key): /maɪˈnɔ.ɹə.di/, /məˈnɔ.ɹə.di/
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Noun[edit]

minority (plural minorities)

  1. The state of being a minor; youth, the period of a person's life prior to reaching adulthood. [from 15th c.]
    • 2011, Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms, Penguin 2012, p. 117:
      She also played a key role as dowager-regent during the minority of her son.
  2. Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority. [from 18th c.]
    Most people agreed, but a sizable minority were upset by the decision.
  3. (politics, used attributively of a party, government, etc.) Empowered by or representing a minority (usually a plurality) of votes cast, legislative seats, etc., rather than an outright majority thereof.
  4. (US) A member of an ethnic minority. [from 20th c.]
    The company claims it has hired several minorities since the complaint was lodged.

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