dem·​o·​crat ˈde-mə-ˌkrat How to pronounce democrat (audio)
: an adherent of democracy
: one who practices social equality
capitalized : a member of the Democratic party of the U.S.

Examples of democrat in a Sentence

a true democrat, he has always abhorred that nation's class system
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Word History


borrowed from French démocrate, derivative from the base of démocratie democracy or démocratique democratic, probably after aristocrate aristocrat

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of democrat was in 1789

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Cite this Entry

“Democrat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


dem·​o·​crat ˈdem-ə-ˌkrat How to pronounce democrat (audio)
: one who believes in or practices democracy
capitalized : a member of the Democratic party of the U.S.

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