from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Qualified or entitled to be chosen: eligible to run for office; eligible for retirement.
- adj. Desirable and worthy of choice, especially for marriage: an eligible bachelor.
- adj. Football Allowed under the rules to catch a forward pass: an eligible receiver.
- n. A person who is eligible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. suitable; meeting the conditions; worthy of being chosen
- n. One who is eligible.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. That may be selected; proper or qualified to be chosen; legally qualified to be elected and to hold office.
- adj. Worthy to be chosen or selected; suitable; desirable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fit to be chosen; worthy of choice; desirable: as, an eligible tenant.
- Qualified to be chosen; legally qualified for election or appointment.
- n. One who is qualified to be chosen or elected; an eligible person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen
Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ēligibilis, from Latin ēligere, to select; see elect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French eligible, from Latin eligibilis, from ēligō ("select, choose") (Wiktionary)