[mi-nawr-i-tee, -nor, -mahy-]
noun, plural minorities.
the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.
a smaller party or group opposed to a majority, as in voting or other action.
a group differing, especially in race, religion, or ethnic background, from the majority of a population: legislation aimed at providing equal rights for minorities.
a member of such a group.
the state or period of being under the legal age of full responsibility.
of or pertaining to a minority.

1525–35; < Medieval Latin minōritās. See minor, -ity

nonminority, adjective
prominority, adjective

5. childhood, boyhood, girlhood.
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minority (maɪˈnɒrɪtɪ, mɪ-)
n , pl -ties
1.  the smaller in number of two parts, factions, or groups
2.  a group that is different racially, politically, etc, from a larger group of which it is a part
3.  a.  the state of being a minor
 b.  Compare majority the period during which a person is below legal age
4.  (modifier) relating to or being a minority: a minority interest; a minority opinion
[C16: from Medieval Latin minōritās, from Latin minor]

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Word Origin & History

1533, "condition of being smaller," from M.L. minoritatem (nom. minoritas), from L. minor (see minor). Meaning "state of being under legal age" is from 1547; that of "smaller number or part" is from 1736. The meaning "group of people separated from the rest of a community
by race, religion, language, etc." is from 1921.
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Example sentences
True liberty shows itself to best advantage in protecting the rights of others,
  and especially of minorities.
Because of limited donor pools, minorities have had difficulty finding suitable
New principles can stop us from dumping on minorities and the poor.
People who want to talk about things having to do with minorities.
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