minority Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “minority” in the English Dictionary

"minority" in British English

See all translations

minoritynoun

uk   /maɪˈnɒr.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ˈnɑːr.ə.t̬i/
  • minority noun (SMALL PART)

B2 [S] a ​smallernumber or ​part: It's only a ​tiny minority ofpeople who are ​causing the ​problem. Children with ​singleparents at my ​school were very much in the minority (= there were very few). This ​section of the ​bookstorecaters for minority interests (= ​subjects that ​interest only a few ​people).
Opposite

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • minority noun (PEOPLE)

C1 [C] any ​smallgroup in ​society that is different from the ​rest because of ​theirrace, ​religion, or ​politicalbeliefs, or a ​person who ​belongs to such a ​group: ethnic/​religious minorities The ​plan was ​designed to ​help women and minorities ​overcomediscrimination in the ​workplace.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of minority from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"minority" in American English

See all translations

minoritynoun [C/U]

 us   /məˈnɔr·ɪ·t̬i, mɑɪ-, -ˈnɑr-/
  • minority noun [C/U] (SMALLER AMOUNT)

less than ​half of a ​totalnumber or ​amount; the ​smallerpart of something: [U] Only a minority of ​peoplesupportmilitaryaction. [U] Traditional ​families are in the minority in this ​neighborhood (= there are not many).

minoritynoun [C]

 us   /məˈnɔr·ɪ·t̬i (ˌɡrup), mɑɪ-, -ˈnɑr-/ (also minority group)
  • 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 ​causeothers to ​treat them ​unfairly: He ​argued that ​AfricanAmericans and other ​minorities were not getting a ​fairdeal in ​sports and ​elsewhere in ​society. Jews and ​RomanCatholicsbelonged to ​religiousminorities.
(Definition of minority from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"minority" in Business English

See all translations

minoritynoun

uk   /maɪˈnɒrəti/  us   /məˈnɒrəti/ (plural minorities)
[S] a ​smallnumber of the ​people or things in a ​group: Only a ​small/tiny minority ofcustomers have ​complained about the ​changes.be in a/the minority I don't like the ​design, but I'm in the minority – most ​people say they love it.
[C] a ​group of ​people in a country or ​area who are of a different race, or have a different ​culture or religion to that of most other ​people there: ethnic/racial minority We want to end ​discrimination against women and racial minorities. minority community/employee/group British Asians are the largest minority ​group among UK ​staff.

minorityadjective [before noun]

uk   /maɪˈnɒrəti/  us   /məˈnɒrəti/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to refer to the ​situation when a ​person or ​organizationowns fewer ​shares in a ​company than other ​shareholders, and not enough to be in ​control of the ​company: Many minority ​shareholders are ​localpeople. He may be ​close to ​selling his minority ​stake in the ​company.
(Definition of minority from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “minority”
in Arabic أقَلِيّة…
in Korean 소수민족, 소수의 것…
in Portuguese minoria…
in Catalan minoria…
in Japanese 少数派…
in Chinese (Simplified) 小部分, 少数…
in Turkish azınlıkta olan grup, küçük grup, azınlık…
in Russian меньшинство, национальное меньшинство…
in Chinese (Traditional) 小部分, 少數…
in Italian minoranza…
in Polish mniejszość…
What is the pronunciation of minority?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“minority” in British English

“minority” in American English

“minority” in Business English

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More