Definitions for ballotˈbæl ət

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bal•lotˈbæl ət(n.)

  1. a sheet of paper or the like on which a voter marks his or her vote.

    Category: Government

  2. the method of secret voting by printed or written ballot or by voting machine.

    Category: Government

  3. a round of voting.

    Category: Government

  4. the list of candidates to be voted on.

    Category: Government

  5. the right to vote.

    Category: Government

  6. the whole number of votes cast or recorded.

    Category: Government

  7. a system or the practice of drawing lots.

    Category: Government

  8. a little ball used in voting.

    Category: Government

  9. (v.i.)to vote by ballot.

    Category: Government

  10. to draw lots.

    Category: Government

  11. (v.t.)to solicit for votes.

    Category: Government

  12. to vote on or select by ballot.

    Category: Government

Origin of ballot:

1540–50; (< MF ballotte) < It ballotta (prob. < Venetian) =ball(a)ball1+-otta dim. suffix


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballot(noun)

    a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting

  2. vote, ballot, voting, balloting(verb)

    a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative

    "there were only 17 votes in favor of the motion"; "they allowed just one vote per person"

  3. ballot(verb)

    vote by ballot

    "The voters were balloting in this state"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ballot(noun)ˈælət

    a secret vote

    a secret ballot

  2. ballotˈælət

    a paper on which a vote is written

    to count ballots


  1. ballot(Noun)

    a paper or card used to cast a vote

  2. ballot(Noun)

    the process of voting, especially in secret

  3. ballot(Noun)

    a list of candidates running for office; a ticket

  4. ballot(Noun)

    the total of all votes cast in an election

  5. ballot(Verb)

    to vote

  6. ballot(Verb)

    to draw lots

  7. Origin: From ballotta, a small ball used to register a vote.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ballot(noun)

    originally, a ball used for secret voting. Hence: Any printed or written ticket used in voting

  2. Ballot(noun)

    the act of voting by balls or written or printed ballots or tickets; the system of voting secretly by balls or by tickets

  3. Ballot(noun)

    the whole number of votes cast at an election, or in a given territory or electoral district

  4. Ballot(noun)

    to vote or decide by ballot; as, to ballot for a candidate

  5. Ballot(verb)

    to vote for or in opposition to


  1. Ballot

    A ballot is a device used to cast votes in an election, and may be a piece of paper or a small ball used in secret voting. It was originally a small ball — see blackball - used to record decisions made by voters. Each voter uses one ballot, and ballots are not shared. In the simplest elections, a ballot may be a simple scrap of paper on which each voter writes in the name of a candidate, but governmental elections use pre-printed to protect the secrecy of the votes. The voter casts his/her ballot in a box at a polling station. In British English, this is usually called a "ballot paper". The word "ballot" is used for an election process within an organisation.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ballot' in Nouns Frequency: #2819

Translations for ballot

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a method of voting in secret by marking a paper and putting it into a box

They held a ballot to choose a new chairman; The question was decided by ballot.

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