Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The greater number or part; a number more than half of the total.
  • n. The amount by which the greater number of votes cast, as in an election, exceeds the total number of remaining votes.
  • n. The political party, group, or faction having the most power by virtue of its larger representation or electoral strength.
  • n. Law The status of having reached full legal age, with attendant rights and responsibilities.
  • n. The military rank, commission, or office of a major.
  • n. Obsolete The fact or state of being greater; superiority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. More than half (50%) of some group
  • n. The difference between the winning vote and the rest of the votes
  • n. Legal adulthood
  • n. The office held by a member of the armed forces in the rank of major

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or condition of being major or greater; superiority.
  • n. The military rank of a major.
  • n. The condition of being of full age, or authorized by law to manage one's own affairs.
  • n. The greater number; more than half
  • n. Ancestors; ancestry.
  • n. The amount or number by which one aggregate exceeds all other aggregates with which it is contrasted; especially, the number by which the votes for a successful candidate exceed those for all other candidates. See Plurality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being major or greater; superiority; preponderance.
  • n. The greater number; more than half the whole number: as, a majority of mankind; a majority of votes. See plurality.
  • n. The excess of one of two groups of things which have been enumerated over the other: as, the measure was carried by a majority of twenty votes; his majority was two to one.
  • n. Full age; the age at which the laws of a country permit a young person to manage his own affairs and to exercise the rights of citizenship—in most countries twenty-one years.
  • n. The office, rank, or commission of a major.
  • n. [L. majores.] Ancestors; ancestry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part
  • n. the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs
  • n. (elections) more than half of the votes

Etymologies

French majorité, from Medieval Latin māiōritās, from Latin māior, greater.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French majorité. (Wiktionary)

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