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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

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

  1. They cast their votes in a secret ballot.

  2. She was elected by secret ballot.



Origin of ballot

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


First Known Use: 1549

Rhymes with ballot


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ballot

verb bal·lot

Simple Definition of ballot

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

Full Definition of ballot

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

bal·lot·er noun

1580

First Known Use of ballot

1580




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