from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The smaller in number of two groups forming a whole.
- n. A group or party having fewer than a controlling number of votes.
- n. A racial, religious, political, national, or other group thought to be different from the larger group of which it is part.
- n. A group having little power or representation relative to other groups within a society.
- n. A member of one of these groups. See Usage Note at color.
- n. Law The state or period of being under legal age: still in her minority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Empowered by or representing a minority (usually a plurality) of votes cast, legislative seats, etc., rather than an outright majority thereof.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being a minor, or under age.
- n. State of being less or small.
- n. The smaller number; -- opposed to
- n. Those members of a legislature that belong to the political party which is in the minority in that institution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being minor or smaller.
- n. The minor part in number; the smaller of two aggregates into which a whole is divided numerically; a number less than half: opposed to majority.
- n. Specifically The smaller of two related aggregates of persons; the minor division of any whole number of persons: as, the rights of the minority; government by minorities.
- n. The state of being a minor or not come of age, and therefore legally incapacitated for the performance of certain acts; the period or interval before one is of full age, generally the period from birth until twenty-one years of age (see age, 3); in Scots law, the interval between pupilarity and majority. See minor, n., 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any age prior to the legal age
- n. being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts
- n. a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part
French minorité, from Medieval Latin minōritās, from Latin minor, smaller; see minor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French minorité, and its source Late Latin minoritas, from Latin minor. (Wiktionary)