the body of persons entitled to vote in an election.
the dignity or territory of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.

Origin of electorate

First recorded in 1665–75; elector + -ate3
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Related Words for electorate

constituency, voter

Examples from the Web for electorate

Contemporary Examples of electorate

Historical Examples of electorate

  • The people who believe in the fairies form the bulk of the Irish electorate.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • The great mass of the Irish electorate know nothing of all this.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Are not these the very qualities most needed in our electorate?

  • He probably had some vague idea of consulting the wishes of the electorate.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

  • He did not say "Ladies and gentlemen," or "Electorate of Birmingham," or anything of the kind.


    David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for electorate



the body of all qualified voters
the rank, position, or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire
Australian and NZ the area represented by a Member of Parliament
Australian and NZ the voters in a constituency
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Word Origin and History for electorate

1670s, in reference to Germany, from elector + -ate (1). Meaning "whole body of voters" is from 1879.

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