minority

minority
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 minority
b ) 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 MAJORITY
minority
mi|nor|i|ty 2 [ maı`nɔrəti ] adjective
1. ) only before noun relating to or forming a minority:
They hold a minority interest in the company.
a minority leader/group/language
2. ) belonging to or relating to a racial minority:
kids from minority backgrounds
minority schools

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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