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 (mə-jôr′ĭ-tē, -jŏr′-)
n. pl. ma·jor·i·ties
1. The greater number or part; a number more than half of the total.
2. The amount by which the greater number of votes cast, as in an election, exceeds the total number of remaining votes.
3. The political party, group, or faction having the most power by virtue of its larger representation or electoral strength.
4. Law The age at which a person is recognized as an adult by the law.
5. The military rank, commission, or office of a major.

[French majorité, from Medieval Latin māiōritās, from Latin māior, greater; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: When majority refers to a particular number of votes, it takes a singular verb: Her majority was five votes. His majority has been growing by 5 percent every year. When it refers to a group of persons or things that are in the majority, it may take either a singular or plural verb, depending on whether the group is considered as a whole or as a set of people considered individually. So we say The majority elects (not elect) the candidate it wants (not they want), since the election is accomplished by the group as a whole; but The majority of the voters live (not lives) in the city, since living in the city is something that each voter does individually. · Majority is often preceded by great (but not by greater) in expressing emphatically the sense of "most of": The great majority approved. The phrase greater majority is appropriate only when considering two majorities: He won by a greater majority in this election than in the last.


n, pl -ties
1. the greater number or part of something: the majority of the constituents.
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (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
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the largest party or group that votes together in a legislative or deliberative assembly
4. (Law) 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
5. (Military) the rank, office, or commission of major
6. euphemistic the dead (esp in the phrases join the majority, go or pass over to the majority)
7. obsolete the quality or state of being greater; superiority
8. (modifier) of, involving, or being a majority: a majority decision; a majority verdict.
9. in the majority forming or part of the greater number of something
[C16: from Medieval Latin mājoritās, from major (adj)]
Usage: The majority of can only refer to a number of things or people. When talking about an amount, most of should be used: most of (not the majority of) the harvest was saved


(məˈdʒɔr ɪ ti, -ˈdʒɒr-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the greater part or number; a number larger than half the total.
2. the amount by which the greater number surpasses the remainder (disting. from plurality).
3. the party or faction with the majority vote.
4. the state or time of being of full legal age: to attain one's majority.
5. the military rank or office of a major.
[1545–55; < Medieval Latin majōritās. See major, -ity]


1. 'majority'

If something is true of the majority of the people or things in a group, it is true of more than half of them.

The majority of students in the class will go on to study at college.
In the majority of cases, the illness can be treated successfully.

When the majority is not followed by 'of', you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb after it.

The majority is still undecided about which way to vote.
The majority were in favour of the proposal.

However, when you use the majority of followed by a plural noun or pronoun, you must use a plural form of a verb after it.

The majority of cars on the road have only one person in them.
2. 'most of'

Don't use 'the majority' when you are talking about an amount of something or part of something. Don't say, for example, 'The majority of the forest has been cut down'. Say 'Most of the forest has been cut down'.

Most of the food was good.
Katya did most of the work.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.majority - the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two partsmajority - the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part; "the majority of his customers prefer it"; "the bulk of the work is finished"
number, figure - the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; "he had a number of chores to do"; "the number of parameters is small"; "the figure was about a thousand"
minority - being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts; "when the vote was taken they were in the minority"; "he held a minority position"
2.majority - (elections) more than half of the votesmajority - (elections) more than half of the votes
election - a vote to select the winner of a position or political office; "the results of the election will be announced tonight"
relative quantity - a quantity relative to some purpose
3.majority - the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairsmajority - the age at which persons are considered competent to manage their own affairs
eld, age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"
adulthood, maturity - the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed
nonage, minority - any age prior to the legal age


1. most, more, mass, bulk, best part, better part, lion's share, preponderance, plurality, greater number The majority of our customers come from out of town.
2. margin, landslide They approved the move by a majority of ninety-nine.
3. adulthood, maturity, age of consent, seniority, manhood or womanhood Once you reach your majority you can do what you please.
"One, on God's side, is a majority" [Wendell Phillips]
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A. N
1.mayoría f
a two-thirds majorityuna mayoría de las dos terceras partes
they won by a majorityganaron por mayoría
in the majority of casesen la mayoría or la mayor parte de los casos
such people are in a majorityla mayoría de la gente es así, predomina la gente así
to be in a majority of threeformar parte de una mayoría de tres
the vast majorityla inmensa mayoría
the great majority of lecturersla mayoría or la mayor parte de los conferenciantes
2. (Jur) to attain one's majorityllegar a la mayoría de edad
B. CPD majority decision N by a majority decisionpor decisión mayoritaria or de la mayoría
majority interest Ninterés m mayoritario
majority rule Ngobierno m mayoritario, gobierno m en mayoría
majority (share)holding Naccionariado m mayoritario
majority verdict N by a majority verdictpor fallo or veredicto mayoritario
majority vote N by a majority votepor la mayoría de los votos

Singular or plural verb?
When mayoría is the subject of a verb, the verb can be in the singular or the plural, depending on the context.
 When translating majority rather than most, put the verb in the singular if majority is seen as a unit rather than a collection of individuals:
The socialist majority voted against the four amendments La mayoría socialista votó en contra de las cuatro enmiendas
 If la mayoría is seen as a collection of individuals, particularly when it is followed by de + ((PLURAL NOUN)), the plural form of the verb is more common than the singular, though both are possible:
The majority still wear this uniform La mayoría siguen vistiendo or sigue vistiendo este uniforme Most scientists believe it is a mistake La mayoría de los científicos creen or cree que se trata de un error
 The plural form must be used when la mayoría or la mayoría de + ((PLURAL NOUN)) is followed by ser or estar + ((plural complement)):
Most of them are men La mayoría son hombres Most of the dead were students La mayoría de los muertos eran estudiantes Most of the children were black La mayoría de los niños eran negros


[people] → majorité f
to be in a majority → être en majorité
to be in the majority → être en majorité
the majority of (= most of) → la majorité de
the majority of my patients → la majorité de mes patients
the vast majority of ... → la quasi totalité de ...
[successful candidate, party, government] → majorité f
a majority of ...
Harris was elected with a majority of 15,479 → Harris a été élu à une majorité de 15 479 voix.
(= adulthood) → majorité f
to reach one's majority → atteindre sa majorité
modif [holding] → majoritaire; [view, vote] → majoritairemajority decision ndécision f à la majoritémajority opinion n (US)arrêt m rendu à la majorité (des votes des juges)majority rule nrègle f de la majoritémajority shareholding nparticipation f majoritaire, participation f de contrôlemajority verdict n [jury] → verdict m rendu à la majoritémajor key nton m majeurmajor league n (US) (SPORT)première division fmajor-league [ˌmeɪdʒərˈliːg]
modif [team, baseball, game] → de première division
adj (= top-rank) → de premier ordre


Mehrheit f; the majority of casesdie Mehrheit or Mehrzahl der Fälle; to be in a or the majorityin der Mehrzahl sein; to be in a majority of 3eine Mehrheit von 3 Stimmen haben; to have/get a majoritydie Mehrheit haben/bekommen; to have a majority of 10eine Mehrheit von 10 Stimmen haben; what was his majority?wie groß war seine Mehrheit?; a two-thirds majoritydie Zweidrittelmehrheit; by a small or narrow majoritymit knapper Mehrheit
(Jur) → Volljährigkeit f, → Mündigkeit f; to reach the age of majorityvolljährig or mündig werden


majority decision
majority holding
n (Fin) → Mehrheitsbeteiligung f
majority rule


1. n
the majority of people → la maggior parte della gente
elected by a majority of two → eletto con una maggioranza di due voti
to be in the majority → essere in maggioranza
b. (Law) the age of majorityla maggiore età
2. adj (verdict) → maggioritario/a; (government) → di maggioranza


(ˈmeidʒə) adjective
great, or greater, in size, importance etc. major and minor roads; a major discovery.
1. (often abbreviated to Maj. when written) the rank next below lieutenant-colonel.
2. (American) the subject in which you specialize at college or university. a major in physics; Her major is psychology.
(with in) (American) to study a certain subject in which you specialize at college or university. She is majoring in philosophy.
maˈjority (məˈdʒo-) plural maˈjorities noun
1. the greater number. the majority of people.
2. the difference between a greater and a smaller number. The Democratic Party won by/with a majority of six hundred votes.
ˌmajor-ˈgeneral noun
(often abbreviated to Maj.-Gen. when written) in the British army, (a person of) the rank next below lieutenant-general.
the age of majority
legal adulthood (in Britain, eighteen years of age). He has not yet reached the age of majority.


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But, as respects the majority of my corps of veterans, there will be no wrong done if I characterize them generally as a set of wearisome old souls, who had gathered nothing worth preservation from their varied experience of life.
I know that this would sometimes involve a slight loss of speed in the chase; but long experience in various whalemen of more than one nation has convinced me that in the vast majority of failures in the fishery, it has not by any means been so much the speed of the whale as the before described exhaustion of the harpooneer that has caused them.
The unflinching earnestness with which he declared these things; --the dark, daring play of his sleepless, excited imagination, and all the preternatural terrors of real delirium, united to invest this Gabriel in the minds of the majority of the ignorant crew, with an atmosphere of sacredness.
Those who prefer to, go on with the two-step, but the majority go through an intricate series of motions, resembling more fancy skating than a dance.
Now, when any one speaks up, like a man, and says slavery is necessary to us, we can't get along without it, we should be beggared if we give it up, and, of course, we mean to hold on to it,--this is strong, clear, well-defined language; it has the respectability of truth to it; and, if we may judge by their practice, the majority of the world will bear us out in it.
After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest.
Undoubtedly, all men are not equally fit subjects for civilization; and because the majority, like dogs and sheep, are tame by inherited disposition, this is no reason why the others should have their natures broken that they may be reduced to the same level.
Pretty soon, various kinds of bugs and ants and worms and things began to flock in out of the wet and crawl down in- side my armor to get warm; and while some of them behaved well enough, and snuggled up amongst my clothes and got quiet, the majority were of a restless, uncomfortable sort, and never stayed still, but went on prowling and hunting for they did not know what; especially the ants, which went tickling along in wearisome procession from one end of me to the other by the hour, and are a kind of creatures which I never wish to sleep with again.
It is said that the vast majority of the Heidelberg students are hard workers, and make the most of their opportunities; that they have no surplus means to spend in dissipation, and no time to spare for frolicking.
A few tried to rise to the emergency, and got out an awkward "My lord," or "Your lordship," or something of that sort, but the great majority were overwhelmed by the unaccustomed word and its dim and awful associations with gilded courts and stately ceremony and anointed kingship, so they only fumbled through the handshake and passed on, speechless.
The majority of the searchers had given up the quest and gone back to their daily avocations, saying that it was plain the children could never be found.
But I don't mean to flatter you: if you are cast in a different mould to the majority, it is no merit of yours: Nature did it.