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Minority definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MINOR'ITY, n. [L. minor.]
1. The state of being under age. [See Minor.]
2. The smaller number; as the minority of the senate or house of representatives; opposed to majority. We say, the minority was large or small; AB was in the minority; the minority must be ruled by the majority.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part
2: being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts; "when the vote was taken they were in the minority"; "he held a minority position" [ant: bulk, majority]
3: any age prior to the legal age [syn: minority, nonage] [ant: legal age, majority]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -ties) Usage: often attributive Date: 15th century 1. a. the period before attainment of majority b. the state of being a legal minor 2. the smaller in number of two groups constituting a whole; specifically a group having less than the number of votes necessary for control 3. a. a part of a population differing from others in some characteristics and often subjected to differential treatment b. a member of a minority group <an effort to hire more minorities>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 (often foll. by of) a smaller number or part, esp. within a political party or structure. 2 the number of votes cast for this (a minority of two). 3 the state of having less than half the votes or of being supported by less than half of the body of opinion (in the minority). 4 a relatively small group of people differing from others in the society of which they are a part in race, religion, language, political persuasion, etc. 5 (attrib.) relating to or done by the minority (minority interests). 6 a the state of being under full legal age. b the period of this. Etymology: F minorité or med.L minoritas f. L minor: see MINOR

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Minority Mi*nor"i*ty, n.; pl. Minorities. [Cf. F. minorit['e]. See Minor, a. & n.] 1. The state of being a minor, or under age. 2. State of being less or small. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. 3. The smaller number; -- opposed to majority; as, the minority must be ruled by the majority.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(minorities) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If you talk about a minority of people or things in a larger group, you are referring to a number of them that forms less than half of the larger group, usually much less than half. Local authority nursery provision covers only a tiny minority of working mothers... ...minority shareholders. ? majority N-SING: oft N of n If people are in a minority or in the minority, they belong to a group of people or things that form less than half of a larger group. Even in the 1960s, politically active students and academics were in a minority... In the past conservatives have been in the minority. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR 2. A minority is a group of people of the same race, culture, or religion who live in a place where most of the people around them are of a different race, culture, or religion. ...the region's ethnic minorities... N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Nonage, pupilage. 2. Smaller number.

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