- 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 candidacy
A declaration of candidacy signed by Cuomo was in the trunk of his car.Mario Cuomo, a Frustrating Hero to Democrats, Is Dead at 82
January 2, 2015
And it might be easiest of all imagining him “exploring” a candidacy for a while and then deciding the hell with it.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
Rubio has his own troubles with immigration, but people close to him said he still may have a path even with a Bush candidacy.
The other person for whom a path to the nomination, let alone a candidacy, seems much less likely is Mitt Romney.
When it becomes clear that nobody else will challenge Lindbergh in the next election, Winchell announces his own candidacy.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’
November 23, 2014
It was well known that many Federalists would support his candidacy.Union and Democracy
Earnest demands were heard that his candidacy should be withdrawn.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume One
I would accept with devotedness the candidacy of the city of Paris.The Memoirs of Victor Hugo
He realized that he had been duped into accepting the candidacy against Vella.The Barrel Mystery
William J. (William James) Flynn
Soundness on the Negro question seemed to be the chief test of candidacy.The Soul of John Brown
- 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 candidacy
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.