Definitions for electionɪˈlɛk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•lec•tionɪˈlɛk ʃən(n.)

  1. the selection by vote of a candidate for office.

  2. a public vote upon candidates, etc., submitted.

  3. the choice by God of individuals, as for salvation.

    Category: Religion

Origin of election:

1225–75; ME < AF < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. election(noun)

    a vote to select the winner of a position or political office

    "the results of the election will be announced tonight"

  2. election(noun)

    the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice

    "her election of medicine as a profession"

  3. election(noun)

    the status or fact of being elected

    "they celebrated his election"

  4. election(noun)

    the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. election(noun)ɪˈlɛk ʃən

    an organized process during which people vote sb or sth into an official position

    the presidential elections; The country will hold elections next year.; to win/lose an election

  2. electionɪˈlɛk ʃən

    the process of electing sb or sth to an official position

    the election of the host city for the Olympic Games; his election to the council


  1. election(Noun)

    A process of choosing a leader, members of parliament, councillors or other representatives by popular vote.

    The parliamentary elections will be held in March.

  2. election(Noun)

    The choice of a leader or representative by popular vote.

    The election of John Smith was due to his broad appeal.

  3. election(Noun)

    Any conscious choice.

  4. election(Noun)

    In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.

  5. Origin: From eleccioun, from election-, stem of electio, from eligo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Election(adj)

    the act of choosing; choice; selection

  2. Election(adj)

    the act of choosing a person to fill an office, or to membership in a society, as by ballot, uplifted hands, or viva voce; as, the election of a president or a mayor

  3. Election(adj)

    power of choosing; free will; liberty to choose or act

  4. Election(adj)

    discriminating choice; discernment

  5. Election(adj)

    divine choice; predestination of individuals as objects of mercy and salvation; -- one of the "five points" of Calvinism

  6. Election(adj)

    the choice, made by a party, of two alternatives, by taking one of which, the chooser is excluded from the other

  7. Election(adj)

    those who are elected


  1. Election

    An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy has operated since the 17th century. Elections may fill offices in the legislature, sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and for regional and local government. This process is also used in many other private and business organizations, from clubs to voluntary associations and corporations. The universal use of elections as a tool for selecting representatives in modern democracies is in contrast with the practice in the democratic archetype, ancient Athens. As the Elections were considered an oligarchic institution and most political offices were filled using sortition, also known as allotment, by which officeholders were chosen by lot. Electoral reform describes the process of introducing fair electoral systems where they are not in place, or improving the fairness or effectiveness of existing systems. Psephology is the study of results and other statistics relating to elections. To elect means "to choose or make a decision" and so sometimes other forms of ballot such as referendums are referred to as elections, especially in the United States.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A periodical picnic for the American People. Held in booths, where the Voter puts in his ballot, and The Machine elects whatever it chooses. A day when the lowliest may make their mark and even beggars may ride; when the Glad Mit gets promiscuous and everything is full--particularly the lodging-houses.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'election' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1024

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'election' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1653

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'election' in Nouns Frequency: #253

Translations for election

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the choosing, or choice, (usually by vote) of person(s) for office

When do the elections take place?; He is standing for election again.

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