Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An elected official or political party leader who attends a presidential nominating convention and who may or may not have made a commitment to vote for a candidate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the Democratic Party who has been selected to attend the national convention to help select a nominee for president.

Etymologies

From super- +‎ delegate, indicating these delegates' perceived elevated status: though they officially represent only themselves, they have as much say as elected delegates who represent a region or state. Originally written super-delegate or super delegate; the former is attested since 1981. (Wiktionary)

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  • But wouldn't it be great if they did wear capes and spandex? Think of the difference!

    February 21, 2008

  • The Democratic Party is in a superdelicate superdelegate situation.

    February 21, 2008

  • I'm afraid it's more like business suits, cigars, and outstretched hands, Treeseed...

    February 21, 2008

  • Do they have capes and spandex?

    February 21, 2008

  • The party knows what's best for you, dear...

    February 21, 2008