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Definition of minority noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//maɪˈnɔrət̮i//
    , NAmE//məˈnɑrət̮i//
    , NAmE//maɪˈnɑrət̮i//
    (pl. minorities)
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  1. 1[singular] the smaller part of a group; less than half of the people or things in a large group Only a small minority of students is/are interested in politics these days. For a minority, the decision was a disappointment. minority shareholders in the bank opposite majority
  2. 2[countable] a small group within a community or country that is different because of race, religion, language, etc. the rights of ethnic/racial minorities minority languages a large German-speaking minority in the east of the country The school is 95 percent minority (= 95 percent of children are not white Americans but from different groups). minority neighborhoods (= where no or few white people live)
  3. 3[uncountable] (law) the state of being under the age at which you are legally an adult When his minority ended he had to fight to reclaim his property.
  4. Idioms
    be in a/the minority
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    to form less than half of a large group Men are in the minority in this profession.
    be a minority of one (often humorous)
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    to be the only person to have a particular opinion or to vote a particular way
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: minority