electoral college

noun

variants or Electoral College
plural electoral colleges or Electoral Colleges
: a body of electors
Voting has now closed in the parliamentary party vote, which means all three electoral colleges have finished voting. Hugh Linehan and Harry McGee
He chairs the electoral college of the Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame … Cy Musiker
especially usually Electoral College : one that elects the president and vice president of the U.S.
If the Electoral College did end up tied, the Constitution dictates that it's the incoming Congress who breaks the stalemate, with the House of Representatives determining the president—but instead of voting as 435 individual members, each state votes as a single bloc. Trevor Bach
In the electoral college, Roosevelt buried Wilkie 449 to 82. Mary Beth Norton et al.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Merle Turner, who voted a straight Republican ticket for November, responded to questions about election denialism by bringing up Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote but lost to Trump in the electoral college. Columnist Follow, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2022 More recently, prosecutors began examining planning for the rally before the riot and Republican efforts to send Trump slates to the electoral college. Isaac Arnsdorf, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 The convening of the electoral college on Dec. 14, 2020, was supposed to mark the end of the wild, extended presidential election that year. Rosalind S. Helderman, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2022 The convening of the electoral college on Dec. 14, 2020, was supposed to mark the end of the wild, extended presidential election that year. Rosalind S. Helderman, BostonGlobe.com, 20 June 2022 Moved by the announcement of his win, called by numerous news organizations Saturday morning as Biden’s electoral college surged past 270 needed to win, many took to the streets—to dance, honk horns and bang on pots and pans. David Guttenfelder, National Geographic, 7 Nov. 2020 Wisconsin’s electoral college voted in favor of Biden. Brooklyn White, Essence, 5 Nov. 2020 Her comments came days after the House passed Cheney's Presidential Election Reform Act, which would amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to make clear that the vice president only plays a ministerial role in certifying electoral college votes. Paul Best, Fox News, 25 Sep. 2022 In 2008, online prediction market Intrade predicted that Barack Obama would win 364 electoral college votes. Steven Phillips, STAT, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'electoral college.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of electoral college was in 1677

Dictionary Entries Near electoral college

Cite this Entry

“Electoral college.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electoral%20college. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

electoral college

noun

: a body of electors
especially : one that elects the president and vice president of the U.S.

Legal Definition

electoral college

noun

elec·​tor·​al college
often capitalized E&C
: a body of electors
specifically : the body of electors chosen from each state to elect the president and vice president of the U.S.

Note: Under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, each state chooses electors in the same number that the state has senators and representatives. The electors have the discretion to choose the candidate they vote for, but in practice the electors vote for the candidate that wins the most votes in their respective states. In all the states except Maine, the candidate that wins a plurality of the popular votes wins all of the state's electoral votes.

More from Merriam-Webster on electoral college

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ