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minority

noun [C]  /məˈnɔr·ɪ·t̬i (ˌɡrup), mɑɪ-, -ˈnɑr-/ ( also minority group) us  

minority noun [C] (PEOPLE)

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.
Translations of “minority”
in Korean 소수민족, 소수의 것…
in Arabic أقَلِيّة…
in Portuguese minoria…
in Catalan minoria…
in Japanese 少数派…
in Italian minoranza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 小部分, 少數…
in Russian меньшинство, национальное меньшинство…
in Turkish azınlıkta olan grup, küçük grup, azınlık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 小部分, 少数…
in Polish mniejszość…
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