Definition of electorate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlekt(ə)rət/


1 [treated as singular or plural] All the people in a country or area who are entitled to vote in an election.
Example sentences
  • But the rules changed and the electorate was entitled to vote by post without giving a reason.
  • Although percentage of vote against electorate increased this year to 42, it was still low.
  • In 1979 some 61 percent of the entire potential electorate voted for either the Labour or the Tory party.
2 historical The office or territories of a German elector.
Example sentences
  • Originally, the Duke held the electorate personally, but it was later made hereditary along with the duchy.
  • It was at Minden, in the heart of the Electorate of Hanover, that the father of Lafayette fell.

Words that rhyme with electorate

directorate, inspectorate, protectorate, rectorate

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Syllabification: e·lec·tor·ate

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