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

  • n. A body of qualified voters.
  • n. The dignity or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The collective people of a country, state, or electoral district who are entitled to vote.
  • n. The geographic area encompassing an electoral district.
  • n. The dominion of an Elector in the Holy Roman Empire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of an elector, as in the old German empire.
  • n. The whole body of persons in a nation or state who are entitled to vote in an election, or any distinct class or division of them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The whole body of electors; the aggregate of citizens entitled to vote.
  • n. The dignity of an elector in the Roman-German empire.
  • n. The territory of an elector in Germany.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the body of enfranchised citizens; those qualified to vote


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  • How fascinating. In Australia, it's popularly known as an electorate (although the AEC calls it a division), in Canada it's a riding, in the UK it's a constituency, and in the US it's a district.

    February 10, 2009

  • In Australia it's also used with a geographical meaning, ie. the district from which a candidate is elected.

    September 25, 2008