an advocate of democracy.
a person who believes in the political or social equality of all people.
(initial capital letter) Politics.
  1. a member of the Democratic Party.
  2. a member of the Democratic-Republican Party.
Also called democrat wagon. a high, lightweight, horse-drawn wagon, usually having two seats.

Origin of democrat

1780–90; < French démocrate, back formation from démocratie democracy. See demo-, -crat
Related formsan·ti·dem·o·crat, nounpro·dem·o·crat, adjective, noun


[dem-uh krat]


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Examples from the Web for democrat

Contemporary Examples of democrat

Historical Examples of democrat

  • In that matter I would not trust myself; why, then, should I trust the composite Democrat?

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • He had been trained a Democrat, and was a powerful worker in that party.

  • After this manner the democrat was generated out of the oligarch?

  • I assume, I said, that the tyrant is in the third place from the oligarch; the democrat was in the middle?

  • If he were a Democrat he'd be president of the United States yet.

    Mixed Faces

    Roy Norton

British Dictionary definitions for democrat



an advocate of democracy; adherent of democratic principles
a member or supporter of a democratic party or movement



(in the US) a member or supporter of the Democratic Party
Derived FormsDemocratic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for democrat

1790, "adherent of democracy," with reference to France, from French démocrate (18c., opposed to aristocrate), back-formation from démocratie (see democracy); revived in U.S. as a political party affiliation 1798, with a capital D. As a shortening of this, Demo (1793) is older than Dem (c.1840).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

democrat in Culture


A member of the Democratic party.

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