major party


Definition of major party

: a political party having electoral strength sufficient to permit it to win control of a government usually with comparative regularity and when defeated to constitute the principal opposition to the party in power

Examples of major party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allen, 49, enters the field as the first Black woman to run for governor as part of a major party in state history., 15 June 2021 Of the 13 Black women who ran for Senate last year, only one became a major party’s nominee. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Another new survey – from New York Times/Siena College – showed the two major party nominees deadlocked at 45%, with other polls released in recent days also pointing to a close contest between Biden and Trump. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 27 Oct. 2020 In a chaotic, 90-minute back-and-forth, the two major party nominees expressed a level of acrid contempt for each other unheard-of in modern American politics. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2020 Both Netanyahu and another major party leader have offered Bennett the prime ministership in a sort of rotation deal. Aj Willingham, CNN, 5 May 2021 So a minor-party candidate typically needs many more signatures on a petition to get on the ballot than major-party candidates do, and often also pays a filing fee that major party candidates don’t necessarily have to pay. Marjorie Hershey, The Conversation, 3 May 2021 Democrats are already struggling to pass major party priorities, including infrastructure, immigration reform, and gun-control legislation, thanks to objections from key party centrists. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 12 Apr. 2021 Political candidates often claim ties to major party figures in an effort to energize their bases, and that may be especially true with regard to Ms. Harris, the first woman and woman of color to serve as the country’s vice president. New York Times, 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of major party

1950, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2021

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“Major party.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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