noun suf·frage \ˈsə-frij, sometimes -fə-rij\

: the right to vote in an election

Full Definition of SUFFRAGE

:  a short intercessory prayer usually in a series
:  a vote given in deciding a controverted question or electing a person for an office or trust
:  the right of voting :  franchise; also :  the exercise of such right

Examples of SUFFRAGE

  1. women who fought for suffrage
  2. <even as the world entered the 21st century, some nations still did not permit women's suffrage>

Origin of SUFFRAGE

in sense 1, from Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin suffragium, from Latin, vote, political support, from suffragari to support with one's vote; in other senses, from Latin suffragium
First Known Use: 14th century

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SUFFRAGE Defined for Kids


noun suf·frage \ˈsə-frij\

Definition of SUFFRAGE for Kids

:  the right to vote


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