- a person who seeks an office, honor, etc.: a candidate for governor.
- a person who is selected by others as a contestant for an office, honor, etc.
- a person who is deserving of or seems destined for a certain end or fate: Such a reckless spender is a candidate for the poorhouse.
- a student studying for a degree: Candidates for the B.A. will have to meet certain minimum requirements.
- to become a candidate for service as a new minister of a church; preach before a congregation that is seeking a new minister.
Origin of candidate
Examples from the Web for candidature
A year before his candidature he had been called to the Provincial bar.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
I had no vision as to the success of his candidature at Newcastle.Real Ghost Stories
William T. Stead
As for your candidature, any man with a spark of generosity in his soul will rally to you because of it.
The war scare is having an excellent effect on Miltoun's candidature.
She even gave him excellent advice with reference to his candidature.Sentimental Education, Volume II
- a person seeking or nominated for election to a position of authority or honour or selection for a job, promotion, etc
- a person taking an examination or test
- a person or thing regarded as suitable or likely for a particular fate or positionthis wine is a candidate for his cellar
Word Origin and History for candidature
c.1600s, from Latin candidatus "one aspiring to office," originally "white-robed," past participle of candidare "to make white or bright," from candidus (see candid). Office-seekers in ancient Rome wore white togas.