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.

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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, vote for, support” + -ium noun suffix; see -ium

OTHER WORDS FROM suffrage

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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Cultural 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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