Meaning of minority

mi•nor•i•ty

Pronunciation: (mi-nôr'i-tē, -nor', -mī-), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ties,
—n.
  1. the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.
  2. a smaller party or group opposed to a majority, as in voting or other action.
  3. a group differing, esp. in race, religion, or ethnic background, from the majority of a population: legislation aimed at providing equal rights for minorities.
  4. a member of such a group.
  5. the state or period of being under the legal age of full responsibility.
—adj.
  1. of or pertaining to a minority.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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