- 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
Related Words for candidateapplicant, competitor, nominee, contender, contestant, aspirant, successor, bidder, claimant, runner, hopeful, petitioner, possibility, seeker, entrant, suitor, pothunter, stumper, write-in, handshaker
Examples from the Web for candidate
Contemporary Examples of candidate
A Republican candidate hoping to win red state support could find a worse team to root for than one from Dallas.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
In each contest, the Republican candidate outperformed the GOP result from 2012 among women voters.Surprise! The GOP Closed the Gender Gap
December 10, 2014
Tyrangiel, 42, was considered a candidate to succeed Winkler.Inside Bloomberg News’ Shock Shake-Up
December 9, 2014
Say, however, that the NRCC paid for a television ad that was suggested by a candidate.Just What We Needed: More Campaign Spending
December 8, 2014
The instant you are deemed a candidate for arrest, you become not so much a person as a “perp.”‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of candidate
I've given them to understand that I'll be a candidate if they'll have me.Viviette
William J. Locke
It's denied, you know, that he intends to come forward as a candidate in Morbihan.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
You know that I'm a candidate for the hanging committee this year.'His Masterpiece
I just hint at my bein' a candidate and folks say, 'Yes, indeed.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
If he did, Nate figgered he was as healthy a candidate for adoption as anybody.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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 for candidate
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.