A descriptive term for the election of public officials by an entire governmental unit rather than by subdivisions of the unit. For example, a delegate at large does not represent any specific district or locale, but speaks instead for a much wider group of people.
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How to use at large in a sentence
I spoke first with Scott Ellman, a student at Wesleyan University and now the Huffington Post editor-at-large for his campus.
Chen said the at-large structure allows stylists “the flexibility and freedom to work on projects that are not competitive.”Rihanna Gets Turned Away From Abu Dhabi Mosque; Prince George Will Wear Replica of Historic Royal Gown at Christening | The Fashion Beast Team | October 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Other guests included Tom Ford and Jemima Khan, European editor-at-large of the magazine.
Hamish Bowles, the stylish European editor-at-large of Vogue, is apparently a fan.The Vatican's Big Fashion Problem: How Fat Is the New Pope? | Misty White Sidell | March 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Thrill of the Chase is about giving a hands-on experience to the public-at-large.If You’re Hunting for Forrest Fenn’s Buried Treasure, Start Here | Tony Doukopil | March 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He took his job very seriously, and it didn't take Jason long to realize that he was a prisoner-at-large.Deathworld | Harry Harrison
My proposition is that I, as vice-president-at-large, call conventions of two days each at a number of cities.The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2) | Ida Husted Harper
"We must nominate Mr. Edmunds," said the young delegate-at-large, and did his best for the gentleman in question.American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt | Edward Stratemeyer
Mr. Foulke was elected president and Mrs. Haggart vice-president-at-large.The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV | Various
He was renominated by the Republican party, but councilman-at-large, and elected with an increased vote.Scandinavians on the Pacific, Puget Sound | Thomas Ostenson Stine
Other Idioms and Phrases with at large
Free, unconfined, especially not confined in prison, as in To our distress, the housebreakers were still at large. [1300s]
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