suffrage

[ suhf-rij ]
/ ˈsʌf rɪdʒ /

noun

the right to vote, especially in a political election.
a vote given in favor of a proposed measure, candidate, or the like.
Ecclesiastical. a prayer, especially a short intercessory prayer or petition.

Origin of suffrage

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin suffrāgium voting tablet, vote, equivalent to Latin suffrāg(ārī) to vote for, support + -ium -ium

Related forms

an·ti·suf·frage, adjectivenon·suf·frage, nounpre·suf·frage, nounpro·suf·frage, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for suffrage

suffrage

/ (ˈsʌfrɪdʒ) /

noun

the right to vote, esp in public elections; franchise
the exercise of such a right; casting a vote
a supporting vote
a prayer, esp a short intercessory prayer

Word Origin for suffrage

C14: from Latin suffrāgium
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Culture definitions for suffrage

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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