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English definition of “minority”

minority

noun [C] (PEOPLE)   /məˈnɔr·ɪ·t̬i (ˌɡrup), mɑɪ-, -ˈnɑr-/ (also minority group)
social studies a group of people who share some characteristic by birth that makes their group smaller than some other groups in a society and may cause others to treat them unfairly: He argued that African Americans and other minorities were not getting a fair deal in sports and elsewhere in society. Jews and Roman Catholics belonged to religious minorities.
(Definition of minority noun (PEOPLE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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