minority

minority
minority mi‧nor‧i‧ty \I added this because 'majority' is in. [maɪˈnɒrti ǁ mˈnɔːr-, -ˈnɑːr-] noun [singular]
less than half of the people or things in a particular group:
minority of

• He insists that only a minority of workers at the factory want the union.

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minority UK US /maɪˈnɒrəti/ US  /məˈnɒrəti/ noun (plural minorities)
[S] a small number of the people or things in a group: »

Only a small/tiny minority of customers 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.

Compare MAJORITY(Cf. ↑majority) noun, BLOCKING MINORITY(Cf. ↑blocking minority)
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minority UK US /maɪˈnɒrəti/ US  /məˈnɒrəti/ adjective [before noun]
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET used to refer to the situation when a person or organization owns fewer shares in a company than other shareholders, and not enough to be in control of the company: »

Many minority shareholders are local people.

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He may be close to selling his minority stake in the company.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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