el·​i·​gi·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌe-lə-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce eligibility (audio) \

Definition of eligibility

: the quality or state of being eligible : fitness or suitability to be chosen, selected, or allowed to do something The applicants must meet all requirements for eligibility. … should "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, of "Black Sox" infamy, also be granted eligibility for the Hall of Fame?— David A. Kaplan Mass mailings go out to low-income areas, and if a letter is returned as undeliverable, the party uses it to challenge that voter's eligibility.— Sasha Abramsky

First Known Use of eligibility

1651, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about eligibility

Statistics for eligibility

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for eligibility

The first known use of eligibility was in 1651

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on eligibility

Spanish Central: Translation of eligibility

Nglish: Translation of eligibility for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of eligibility for Arabic Speakers

Comments on eligibility

What made you want to look up eligibility? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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