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 That Democratic elite has spent decades hammering their electorate with the idea that radicals always lose, and that a corporate- and big money-friendly moderate is the way to go. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Hey Democrats, it's okay to vote for Bernie Sanders," 12 Feb. 2020 That’s partly because its electorate is divided and unpredictable: The state has a Republican senator, an independent senator, and two Democratic members of the House. BostonGlobe.com, "Lincoln Project," 25 Dec. 2019 There are other states in which Trump supporters only make up thirty-five to forty per cent of your electorate. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Democratic Senator Chris Murphy on Trump’s Impeachment Trial," 18 Dec. 2019 Taiwan and South Korea are fierce democracies; Hong Kong and Singapore trust their electorates less. The Economist, "Asian tigersAfter half a century of success, the Asian tigers must reinvent themselves," 5 Dec. 2019 Wisconsin is one of four swing states — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida are the others — that could determine the outcome of the 2020 election because their electorates are so evenly divided. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "New poll shows Wisconsin voters are narrowly divided over impeachment hearings," 23 Oct. 2019 Our electorate is not made up of one group of people. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: As Joe Reed, Doug Jones continue battle, Alabama Dem’s family feud must end," 21 Oct. 2019 With its significant Latino and immigrant electorate, Nevada's Feb. 22 caucus could prove a unique opportunity for the former Obama housing chief among the early states. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: When Kamala Harris praised Joe Biden," 25 July 2019 Polls show Biden is a frontrunner in Nevada as well, but both Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren are making serious plays for the state, partly by reaching out to its labor-heavy electorate. Li Zhou, Vox, "Kamala Harris’s path to the Democratic nomination, explained," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of electorate

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Electorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electorate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of electorate

: the people who can vote in an election



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: a body of people entitled to vote

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