- mi|nor|i|tyW2S3 [maıˈnɔrıti US mıˈno:-, mıˈna:-] n plural minorities1.) [singular also + plural verb]a small group of people or things within a much larger group≠ ↑majority▪ Gaelic is still spoken in Ireland by a tiny minority.minority of▪ A small minority of young people does drink excessively.▪ Only a minority of people support these new laws.small/tiny/substantial/significant minority▪ Gay men are a small but significant minority.minority report(=a report by a minority of a group who do not agree with the others)2.) [C usually plural]a) a group of people of a different race, religion etc from most other people in that country▪ People from ethnic minorities often face prejudice and discrimination.▪ the very large Russian minorities in Ukraine and Moldova▪ children from minority groups▪ the teaching of minority languages in schoolsminority leader/businessman/student etc AmE▪ a school with a high proportion of minority studentsb) AmE someone who belongs to a group like this▪ Businesses are under pressure to hire minorities and women.3.) be in the/a minorityto form less than half of a group▪ Boys are very much in the minority at the dance class.4.) be in a minority of oneto be the only person in a group who has a particular opinion5.) [U] lawthe period of time when someone is below the age at which they become legally responsible for their actions
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.