elect-orate

electorate

[ih-lek-ter-it]
noun
1.
the body of persons entitled to vote in an election.
2.
the dignity or territory of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.

Origin:
1665–75; elector + -ate3

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electorate (ɪˈlɛktərɪt)
 
n
1.  the body of all qualified voters
2.  the rank, position, or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire
3.  (Austral), (NZ) the area represented by a Member of Parliament
4.  (Austral), (NZ) the voters in a constituency

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electorate
1670s, in reference to Germany, from elector + -ate (1). Meaning whole body of voters is from 1879.
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