electorate

noun

elec·​tor·​ate i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce electorate (audio)
1
: the territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of a German elector
2
: a body of people entitled to vote

Examples of electorate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both young women are a part of Generation Z, a group expected to make up more than 40 million potential voters, almost 17% of the American electorate. Marjorie McAfee, ABC News, 9 Apr. 2024 Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab assembles a representative sample of the California electorate. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, 6 Apr. 2024 In a pivotal election year, U.S. democracy continues to face a persistent challenge among the country's electorate — gaps in voter registration rates between white eligible voters and eligible voters of color. Hansi Lo Wang, NPR, 2 Apr. 2024 The electorate as a whole is unenthused compared to previous elections. Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 25 Mar. 2024 The safety of his muted, urban electorate in the capital has been entirely sacrificed to his war of choice in Ukraine. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, 23 Mar. 2024 About a third of the county’s electorate isn’t registered with the Democratic or Republican parties and cannot vote in Tuesday’s election. The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 Given the war in Gaza, a similar U.S.-brokered deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia would be a tough sell to the American electorate. Jonah Blank, Foreign Affairs, 14 Mar. 2024 This largest bloc of the electorate could go Republican or Democratic, deciding everything. Jon Grinspan, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of electorate was in 1620

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“Electorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electorate. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

electorate

noun
elec·​tor·​ate i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce electorate (audio)
: a body of people entitled to vote

Legal Definition

electorate

noun
elec·​tor·​ate
: a body of people entitled to vote

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