Ma*jor"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Majorities (#). [F. majorit'e. See Major.]


The quality or condition of being major or greater; superiority.

Specifically: (a)

The military rank of a major

. (b)

The condition of being of full age, or authorized by law to manage one's own affairs.


The greater number; more than half; as, a majority of mankind; a majority of the votes cast.

3. [Cf. L. majores.]

Ancestors; ancestry.



The amount or number by which one aggregate exceeds all other aggregates with which it is contrasted; especially, the number by which the votes for a successful candidate exceed those for all other candidates; as, he is elected by a majority of five hundred votes. See Plurality.

To go over to, ∨ To join, the majority, to die.


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