elec·​tor·​ate | \ i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rət How to pronounce electorate (audio) \

Definition of electorate

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 While McCarthy is traveling the state talking to voters, his candidacy doesn’t seem to have caught fire with a broad swath of the electorate. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Sen. Martha McSally's GOP primary rival challenges her to at least three debates," 7 Jan. 2020 The people most likely to answer the phone, most likely to use landlines, tend to be older, less diverse and more conservative than the rest of the electorate. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Castro and Booker poorly served by dubious polls," 21 Dec. 2019 Chisholm, the first black woman to seek the nomination from a major party, understood the psyche of the American electorate perhaps better than most. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: In the aftermath of Donald Trump, a black woman like Kamala Harris never had a chance at the presidency," 2 Dec. 2019 But messages that are perceived as direct support for Latinos can have broad ramifications on other sectors of the electorate, a growing body of research shows. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "The New White Flight: Are White Democrats Turning on Presidential Candidates Due to Latino Outreach?," 13 Nov. 2019 The decision is also likely to frustrate parts of the country's weary electorate, who have already voted in three major polls since 2015 and now face the UK's first December general election since 1923. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Britain set for December 12 election after MPs approve snap poll," 29 Oct. 2019 Probably not feasible for the American electorate between now and 2020. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "How to Beat Trump, According to Experts on Middle-School Bullies," 14 Oct. 2019 There are some states in which Republican voters and rock-solid supporters of the President make up a large majority of the electorate. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Democratic Senator Chris Murphy on Trump’s Impeachment Trial," 18 Dec. 2019 Perhaps the greatest example of the system’s inability to accurately represent the desires of the electorate came in 2015, when 12.6% of voters cast their ballots for the pro-Brexit UKIP. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "The UK’s electoral system is a disaster for democracy," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of electorate

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2020

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“Electorate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electorate. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of electorate

: the people who can vote in an election



Legal Definition of electorate

: a body of people entitled to vote

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