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noun minority pronunciation in British English /maɪˈnɒrəti/
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  1. 1
    [singular] a small number of people or things that are part of a larger group but different in some way from most of the group
    There are not many, a tiny minority, who have misbehaved outrageously.
    minority of: In a small minority of cases, the treatment does not help.
    1. a.
      [countable] a part of a population that is different in race, religion, or culture from most of the population
      The regulations are intended to prevent discrimination against minorities.
      Members of ethnic minorities are represented on the committee.
      a religious minority
    2. b.
      [countable] mainly American someone who is a member of a minority group
      As minorities, we need to work together.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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