DJ音标发音： [məˈdʒɔ:riti:, -ˈdʒɔr-]
KK音标发音： [məˈdʒɔrɪti, -ˈdʒɑr-]
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. The status of having reached full legal age, with attendant rights and responsibilities.
5. The military rank, commission, or office of a major.
6. Obsolete The fact or state of being greater; superiority.
7. French majorité
8. from Medieval Latin m3i?rit3s
源自 中世纪拉丁语 m3i?rit3s
9. from Latin m3ior [greater] * see meg-
源自 拉丁语 m3ior [更大的] *参见 meg-
10. When majority refers to a particular number of votes, it takes a singular verb:
当majority 指特定的选票数目时， 其动词用单数：
Her majority was five votes.
His majority has been growing by 5 percent every year.
11. 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”:
当它是指处于多数地位的一组人或事物时，其动词既可以用单数也可以用复数，取决于把这个集体当作一个整体来看待还是当作个别的人的组合。所以我们说大多数人选举了 （不用 elect ) 他们所想要的候选人 （不用 they want )， 因为选举是由一个作为整体的群体所完成的；但是大多数投票者住在 （不用 lives ) 市区， 因为住在城市里是每个投票人作为个人所做的事情。Majority 的前面往往加一个 great （但是不加 greater )， 用来强调指出“大多数”的含义：
The great majority approved.
12. The phrase greater majority is appropriate only when considering two majorities:
词组greater majority 只是在两个多数作比较时才适用：
He won by a greater majority in this election than in the last.