Definition of electorate in English:


Line breaks: elect¦or|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛkt(ə)rət


  • 1 [treated as singular or plural] All the people in a country or area who are entitled to vote in an election: 75 per cent of the electorate voted for a Scottish parliament in some form
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    • 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.
  • 2Australian /NZ The area represented by one Member of Parliament.
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    • If you have not received yours and you live in my electorate, give my office a ring.
    • Furthermore my electorate office staff Kim, Liz and Debbie are always happy to help with inquiries.
    • I got a part time job at the Rongotai electorate office, getting the polling stations sorted out for the election.
  • 3 historical The office or territories of a German elector.
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    • 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.

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