Definition of candidate
- a candidate for governor
- a candidate for "Manager of the Year"
- the best candidate for the job
- a candidate for surgery
- a PhD candidate
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Candidates can apply in person or send a resume.
a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics
The program has several doctoral candidates.
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When a person running for public office in ancient Rome greeted voters in the Forum, the center of judicial and public business, he wore a toga that had been whitened with chalk. As a result, the Latin word for someone seeking office came to be "candidatus," meaning literally "clothed in white." "Candidatus," in turn, comes from the adjective candidus, meaning "white." "Candidatus" was adopted into English as "candidate" at the beginning of the 17th century.
First Known Use: 1600See Words from the same year
: a person who is trying to be elected
: a person who is being considered for a job, position, award, etc.
: a person who meets all the requirements for something
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