majority - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
noun 

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/məˈdʒɒrəti/
singularmajority
pluralmajorities
  1. 1
    [singular] most of the people or things in a group: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    His job is to represent the views of the majority.

    majority of:

    The majority of our employees are women.

    the vast majority (=nearly everyone/everything):

    The vast majority had never travelled outside the United States.

    be in the majority:

    Young women are in the majority in the fashion industry.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] connected with the majority of people
      the majority opinion/view:

      The majority view is that the bombing campaign is justified.

      a majority decision/verdict:

      We have to accept the majority decision.

  2. 2
    [countable] the number of votes by which a person or party wins an election

    They look like securing another overwhelming majority.

    an overall majority (=more votes than all your opponents together):

    Reynolds won with an overall majority of 60 per cent.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the age at which someone is legally considered to be an adult, usually between 18 and 21 years old

    the age of majority