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 Grassroots Republicans, and even a broader segment of the GOP electorate, believe the former president's claims that the 2020 election was stolen and are not blaming him for the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "RNC martyrs Trump to raise money from small donors," 12 Feb. 2021 For five years, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy had led a civilian government that had received two decisive mandates from the electorate, even as the military retained much authority. Hannah Beech, BostonGlobe.com, "Protesters rally across Myanmar, defying coup and risking crackdown," 7 Feb. 2021 Biden had to strike a tone of unity, strive for healing, without appearing to excuse the actions of conspiracy mongers who tried to block the will of the U.S. electorate. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Podcast: Why the stakes were so high for Biden’s inaugural address," 21 Jan. 2021 The last presidential candidate to get a higher share of the Maryland electorate was Lyndon Johnson, who received 65.47% in 1964. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Biden earned greater backing in Howard County than any presidential candidate in recorded history," 24 Nov. 2020 Last week my theory was that the composition of the Texas electorate would determine the outcome of the election and that the high number of voters—which exceeded 11 million—put Lone Star politics in uncharted territory. Dallas News, "Can Joe Biden unite the nation after Trump, plus more takeaways from fascinating 2020 elections," 9 Nov. 2020 AP VoteCast, a survey of the Florida electorate, found Trump won 58% of Cuban American voters statewide, while voters with South American heritage split evenly between Biden and Trump. Staff And Wire Reports, chicagotribune.com, "Election 2020 live updates: Thursday brings potential for clarity after protests, lawsuits," 5 Nov. 2020 AP VoteCast, a survey of the Florida electorate, found Trump won 58% of Cuban American voters statewide, while voters with South American heritage split evenly between Biden and Trump. Bobby Caina Calvan And Brendan Farrington, Star Tribune, "With another Florida loss, Democrats begin second guessing," 4 Nov. 2020 One bill in particular — a law giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants — was highly unpopular among the broader electorate and helped lead to Davis’ recall. Los Angeles Times, "Column: National Republicans have gone all in on the Newsom recall. They’re doing him a big favor," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of electorate

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Apr 2021

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“Electorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electorate. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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