minority etymology

English word minority comes from Late Latin minoritas, Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) minorité

Detailed word origin of minority

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
minoritas Late Latin (LL)
minorité Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
minority English (eng) Of or relating to a minority. (US) A member of an ethnic minority. [from 20th c.]. (politics, used attributively of a party, government, etc.) Empowered by or representing a minority (usually a plurality) of votes cast, legislative seats, etc., rather than an outright majority thereof.. Any subgroup that does not form a numerical majority. [from 18th c.]. The state of being a minor; youth, [...]

Words with the same origin as minority

Descendants of minorité
minority government