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mi·nor·i·ty(mə-nôr′ĭ-tē, -nŏr′-, mī-)
mi•nor•i•ty(mɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr-, maɪ-)
n., pl. -ties,
If something is true of a minority of the people or things in a group, it is true of less than half of the whole group.
You can talk about a small minority (for example 8%) or a large minority (for example 40%).
When a minority is not followed by 'of', you can use either a plural or singular form of a verb after it. The plural form is more common.
When you use a minority of followed by a plural noun, you must use a plural form of a verb after it.
|Noun||1.||minority - a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part|
social group - people sharing some social relation
|2.||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"|
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"
|3.||minority - any age prior to the legal age |
legal status - a status defined by law
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"
only a small minority of children contract the disease → sólo una pequeña minoría de niños contraen la enfermedad
to be in a or the minority → ser minoría, estar en minoría
you're in a minority of one, there! (hum) → ¡te has quedado más sólo que la una!
minority language → lengua f minoritaria
minority rights (Pol) → derechos mpl de las minorías
minority shareholder → accionista mf minoritario
minority shareholding → accionado m minoritario
House Minority Leader → líder mf de la oposición del Congreso
Senate Minority Leader → líder mf de la oposición del Senado
Singular or plural verb?
When minoría is the subject of a verb, the verb can be in the singular or the plural, depending on the context:
to be in a minority → être en minorité
to be in the minority → être dans la minorité
a small minority of → une petite minorité de