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ballot

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noun bal·lot \ˈba-lət\

Simple Definition of ballot

  • : a ticket or piece of paper used to vote in an election

  • : a process that allows people to vote in secret so that other people cannot see their votes

  • : the total number of votes in an election

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ballot

  1. 1 a :  a small ball used in secret voting b :  a sheet of paper used to cast a secret vote

  2. 2 a :  the action or system of secret voting b :  the right to vote c :  vote 1a

  3. 3 :  the number of votes cast

  4. 4 :  the drawing of lots

Examples of ballot in a sentence

  1. They cast their votes in a secret ballot.

  2. She was elected by secret ballot.



Origin and Etymology of ballot

Italian ballotta, from Italian dialect, diminutive of balla ball — more at balloon


First Known Use: 1549


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ballot

verb bal·lot

Simple Definition of ballot

  • : to ask (people) to decide something by voting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ballot

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to vote or decide by ballot

balloter

noun

1580

First Known Use of ballot

1580

Rhymes with ballot



BALLOT Defined for Kids

ballot

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noun bal·lot \ˈba-lət\

Definition of ballot for Students

  1. 1 :  a printed sheet of paper used in voting

  2. 2 :  the action or a system of voting

  3. 3 :  the right to vote

  4. 4 :  the number of votes cast



History for ballot

Long ago, the Italian city of Venice was a republic. The people of Venice had secret voting. They used balls with different colors or marks to vote. The Italian word for a ball used to vote, ballotta, meant literally “little ball.” The English word ballot came from this Italian word. Anything used to cast a secret vote, such as a piece of paper, can be called a ballot.



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