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sexual minority

Definition of Sexual Minority

(noun) An individual or group whose sexual identity differs from the social or cultural majority.

Sexual Minority Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: sex·u·al mi·nor·i·ty

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsɛkʃuəl maɪˈnɔrəti/
  • British English – /ˈsɛksjʊəl maɪˈnɒrɪti/

Usage Note

  • Plural: sexual minorities

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Cite the Definition of Sexual Minority

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “sexual minority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/sexual-minority/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

sexual minority. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/sexual-minority/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “sexual minority.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/sexual-minority/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“sexual minority.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 16 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/sexual-minority/>.