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minority

noun uk   /maɪˈnɒr.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ˈnɑːr.ə.t̬i/

minority noun (SMALL PART)

B2 [S] a smaller number or part: It's only a tiny minority of people who are causing the problem. Children with single parents at my school were very much in the minority (= there were very few). This section of the bookstore caters for minority interests (= subjects that interest only a few people).
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minority noun (PEOPLE)

C1 [C] any small group in society that is different from the rest because of their race, religion, or political beliefs, or a person who belongs to such a group: ethnic/religious minorities The plan was designed to help women and minorities overcome discrimination in the workplace.
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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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