- I UK [maɪˈnɒrətɪ] / US [maɪˈnɔrətɪ]
Word forms "minority":
singular minority plural minorities
1) [singular] a small number of people or things that are part of a larger group but different in some way from most of the groupminority of:
There are not many, a tiny minority, who have misbehaved outrageously.
In a small minority of cases, the treatment does not help.a) [countable] 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) [countable] mainly American someone who is a member of a minority group
As minorities, we need to work together.•
Adjectives frequently used with minority
▪ significant, sizeable, small, substantial, tiny2) [uncountable] legal the period of time before someone is legally an adult•
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.
II UK [maɪˈnɒrətɪ] / US [maɪˈnɔrətɪ] adjective1) [only before noun] relating to or forming a minority
They hold a minority interest in the company.2) belonging to or relating to a minority that is different in race, religion, or culture from most of the population
students from minority backgrounds
English dictionary. 2014.