[ suhf-rij ]
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  1. the right to vote, especially in a political election.

  2. a vote given in favor of a proposed measure, candidate, or the like.

  1. Ecclesiastical. a prayer, especially a short intercessory prayer or petition.

Origin of suffrage

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin suffrāgium “voting tablet, a vote cast in an assembly (for a law or candidate), an act of voting or the exercise of the right to vote, the decision reached by a vote, an expression of approval, influence or promotion on behalf of a candidate,” equivalent to Latin suffrāg(ārī) “to express public support, vote or canvass for, support” + -ium noun suffix; see -ium

Other words from suffrage

  • an·ti·suf·frage, adjective
  • non·suf·frage, noun
  • pre·suf·frage, noun
  • pro·suf·frage, adjective

Words Nearby suffrage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use suffrage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for suffrage


/ (ˈsʌfrɪdʒ) /

  1. the right to vote, esp in public elections; franchise

  2. the exercise of such a right; casting a vote

  1. a supporting vote

  2. a prayer, esp a short intercessory prayer

Origin of suffrage

C14: from Latin suffrāgium

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Cultural definitions for suffrage


[ (suf-rij) ]

The right to vote (see franchise). In the United States, the term is often associated with the women's movement to win voting rights. (See suffragist.)

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