minority

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Minority is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation[change]

  • (RP) IPA: /maɪˈnɒɹ.ɪ.ti/ or /mɪˈnɒɹ.ɪ.ti/
  • (GA) IPA: /maɪˈnɔɹ.ɪ.ti/ or /mɪˈnɔɹ.ɪ.ti/
  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
minority

Plural
minorities

  1. (countable) A minority is less than half (50%) of some group.
    Most people agreed, but a sizable minority were upset by the decision.
  2. (countable) A minority is a member of an ethnic group that does not have political or social power.
    The company claims it has hired several minorities since the complaint was lodged.
  3. (uncountable) Minority is the state of being a minor, not an adult.

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