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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /maɪˈnɒɹ.ɪ.ti/, /mɪˈnɒɹ.ɪ.ti/
- (General American) IPA(key): /maɪˈnɔɹ.ɪ.ti/, /mɪˈnɔɹ.ɪ.ti/
- (NYC) IPA(key): /maɪˈnɑɹ.ɪ.ti/, /mɪˈnɑɹ.ɪ.ti/
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- Rhymes: -ɒɹɪti
- 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, published 2012, page 117:
- She also played a key role as dowager-regent during the minority of her son.
- Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority. [from 18th c.]
- Most people agreed, but a sizable minority were upset by the decision.
- 2017 August 25, "Arrest threat as Yingluck Shinawatra misses verdict", in aljazeera.com, Al Jazeera
- The case is the latest chapter in a decade-long struggle by the nation's elite minority to crush the powerful political machine founded by Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled in another coup in 2006.
- Antonym: majority
- (US) A member of an ethnic minority. [from 20th c.]
- The company claims it has hired several minorities since the complaint was lodged.
- (sociology) A group of people seen as distinct who are subordinated and discriminated against in a society.
- 1951 October, Helen Mayer Hacker, “Women as Minority Group”, in Howard W. Odum, Katherine Jocher, editors, Social Forces, volume 30, number 1, Williams & Wilkins, →DOI, page 63:
- But we have seen that one important difference between women and other minorities is that women's attitudes and self-conceptions are conditioned more largely by interaction with both minority and dominant group members
- (India, euphemistic) A Muslim.
subgroup that does not form a numerical majority
member of an ethnic minority
period or condition of a person prior to reaching adulthood
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- (relational, attributive) Of or relating to a minority.
- They hold a minority interest in the company.
- (attributive, politics, 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.
of or relating to a minority