[ bal-uh t ]
/ ˈbæl ət /


verb (used without object), bal·lot·ed, bal·lot·ing.

to vote by ballot: to ballot against a candidate.
to draw lots: to ballot for places.

verb (used with object), bal·lot·ed, bal·lot·ing.

to canvass or solicit (a group, membership, etc.) for votes: Members were balloted on the resolution.
to select, especially for military service, by ballot: Certain age groups will not be balloted at this time.

Origin of ballot

1540–50; (< Middle French ballotte) < Italian ballotta (probably < Venetian), equivalent to ball(a) ball1 + -otta diminutive suffix

Related forms

Can be confused

ballad ballet ballot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ballot


/ (ˈbælət) /


verb -lots, -loting or -loted

Word Origin for ballot

C16: from Italian ballotta, literally: a little ball, from balla ball 1
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Idioms and Phrases with ballot


see stuff the ballot box.

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