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[ih-lek-ter-it] /ɪˈlɛk tər ɪt/
the body of persons entitled to vote in an election.
the dignity or territory of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
Origin of electorate
1665-75; elector + -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Changing demographics, however, are shrinking white voters as a segment of the electorate.
  • These developments signify good health in the electorate.
  • The candidates are making their final pitches to the electorate.
  • They are, after all, serving the wishes of the electorate.
  • But this third appearance of cancer suggests that the electorate needed more complete information on the health of this candidate.
  • If anything, it appears to be a surefire recipe for many more electoral defeats at the hands of a browning electorate.
  • Americans are now an electorate of information junkies.
  • But as the electorate gets more and more unsettled, the political volatility and misery is on his hands.
  • Political apathy is not always a bad sign: it can indicate a contented electorate.
  • They are the ideal nihilistic cheerleaders for an angry electorate.
British Dictionary definitions for electorate


the body of all qualified voters
the rank, position, or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire
(Austral & NZ) the area represented by a Member of Parliament
(Austral & NZ) the voters in a constituency
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Word Origin and History for electorate

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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