Pronunciation: (mi-nôr'i-tē, -nor', -mī-), [key]
—n., pl. -ties,
1. the smaller part or number; a number, part, or amount forming less than half of the whole.
2. a smaller party or group opposed to a majority, as in voting or other action.
3. a group differing, esp. in race, religion, or ethnic background, from the majority of a population: legislation aimed at providing equal rights for minorities.
4. a member of such a group.
5. the state or period of being under the legal age of full responsibility.
of or pertaining to a minority.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.