running mate

noun

Definition of running mate

  1. 1 :  companion

  2. 2 :  a horse entered in a race to set the pace for a horse of the same owner or stable

  3. 3 :  a candidate running for a subordinate place on a ticket; especially :  the candidate for vice president

Examples of running mate in a sentence

  1. When John F. Kennedy ran for president, his running mate was Lyndon Johnson.

  2. inseparable running mates who first met when they were in elementary school

1867

First Known Use of running mate

1867


RUNNING MATE Defined for English Language Learners

running mate

noun

Definition of running mate for English Language Learners

  • : the person who runs with someone in an election (such as an election to choose a new president) and who is given the less important position (such as vice president) if they are elected



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