Is "majority" an adverb as well? It seems it is indeed an adverb in the following sentence (meaning "predominantly"). However, I couldn't find the confirmation of it in Lexico or Wiktionary (it's defined as a noun only)

Although the Donbas region was majority Ukrainian, "many ethnic Russians had moved in," Sysyn said.

(from here)

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The word "majority" is modifying the word "Ukrainian". The word "Ukrainian" here would seem to pass the tests for being an adjective (Eg you could modify it for degree - How Ukrainian was Donbas? It was quite Ukrainian. It was more Ukrainian than Sussex.)

An adverb is a catchall category that includes modifiers of verbs, adjectives and adverbs. So "majority" is indeed an adverb in this use.

  • Why do you think is it not included in the dictionary? Feb 26, 2022 at 14:43

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