: relating to or being a political representative who is elected to serve an entire area rather than one of its subdivisions
an at-large city councilor
an at-large election

Examples of at-large in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gilmore lost her race for the at-large board seat, with 43.4% of votes. Sarah Ritter, Kansas City Star, 8 Apr. 2024 Cole Brings Plenty, a budding actor who played Pete Plenty Clouds on Yellowstone spinoff series 1923, was found dead in Kansas, just days after he was reported missing and named as suspect at-large in a domestic violence case. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2024 State had lost seven of nine games to end their regular season a dismal 17-14, a record too mediocre to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024 The College Basketball Crown will unfold over a week in Las Vegas next April, featuring two automatic qualifiers apiece from the Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East that didn’t earn NCAA tournament bids, as well as 10 additional at-large teams selected by a committee. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Before that stretch, the team had lost seven of their last nine regular season games to end the regular season a dismal 17-14, a record simply too mediocre to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Becky Sullivan, NPR, 29 Mar. 2024 Over a period of 12 days earlier this month, agents across the country moved in on the at-large immigration offenders, ICE officials said at a news conference. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 28 Mar. 2024 Boise State and Nevada were in the bottom five of at-large berths as well. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 Hofer, who previously taught political science at the University of Houston, was one of three researchers who released a white paper in 2018 looking at the trade-offs between at-large voting systems and single-member districts. Silas Allen, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of at-large was in 1962

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“At-large.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at-large. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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