- 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 candidateship
Could it be that Mr Ashburton had some other contest or candidateship in store for himself which he had not told her about?Miss Marjoribanks
Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
For Mr. Trenchard, besides the wondrously sweetening power of his candidateship, came of a very ancient name in Dorsetshire.Agatha's Husband
Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
- 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 candidateship
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.