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[muh-jawr-i-tee, -jor-] /məˈdʒɔr ɪ ti, -ˈdʒɒr-/

noun, plural majorities.
the greater part or number; the number larger than half the total (opposed to ):
the majority of the population.
a number of voters or votes, jurors, or others in agreement, constituting more than half of the total number.
the amount by which the greater number, as of votes, surpasses the remainder (distinguished from ).
the party or faction with the majority vote:
The Democratic Party is the majority.
the state or time of being of full legal age:
to attain one’s majority.
the military rank or office of a .
join the (great) majority, to die.
noun (pl) -ties
the greater number or part of something: the majority of the constituents
(in an election) the number of votes or seats by which the strongest party or candidate beats the combined opposition or the runner-up See relative majority, absolute majority
the largest party or group that votes together in a legislative or deliberative assembly
the time of reaching or state of having reached full legal age, when a person is held competent to manage his own affairs, exercise civil rights and duties, etc
the rank, office, or commission of major
(euphemistic) the dead (esp in the phrases join the majority, go or pass over to the majority)
(obsolete) the quality or state of being greater; superiority
(modifier) of, involving, or being a majority: a majority decision, a majority verdict
in the majority, forming or part of the greater number of something

1550s, “condition of being greater, superiority,” from Middle French majorité (16c.), from Medieval Latin majoritatem (nominative majoritas) “majority,” from Latin maior “greater” (see major (adj.)). Sense of “state of being of full age” is attested from 1560s; meaning “greater number or part” (of votes, etc.) first recorded 1690s. The majority “the dead” recorded from 1719.


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