- mi|nor|i|ty1 [ maı`nɔrəti ] noun ***1. ) count a small number of people or things that are part of a larger group but different in some way from most of the group:There are not many, a tiny minority, who have misbehaved outrageously.minority of: In a small minority of cases, the treatment does not help.a ) a part of a population that is different in race, religion, or culture from most of the population:The regulations are intended to prevent discrimination against minorities.Members of ethnic minorities are represented on the committee.a religious minorityb ) AMERICAN someone who is a member of a minority group:As minorities, we need to work together.c ) a minority of one the only person in a group who has a particular opinion or idea:I found myself to be in a minority of one.d ) be in the/a minority to belong to a small part of a group that is different in some way from most of the group:Women are in the minority in the top ranks of government.2. ) uncount LEGAL the period of time before someone is legally an adult─ opposite MAJORITYminoritymi|nor|i|ty 2 [ maı`nɔrəti ] adjective1. ) only before noun relating to or forming a minority:They hold a minority interest in the company.a minority leader/group/language2. ) belonging to or relating to a racial minority:kids from minority backgroundsminority schools
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.