What does ballot mean?

Definitions for ballot
ˈbæl ətbal·lot

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ballot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ballotnoun

    a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting

  2. vote, ballot, voting, ballotingverb

    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. ballotverb

    vote by ballot

    "The voters were balloting in this state"


  1. ballotnoun

    a paper or card used to cast a vote

  2. ballotnoun

    the process of voting, especially in secret

  3. ballotnoun

    a list of candidates running for office; a ticket

  4. ballotnoun

    the total of all votes cast in an election

  5. ballotverb

    to vote

  6. ballotverb

    to draw lots

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ballotnoun

    Etymology: ballote, Fr.

  2. To Ballotverb

    To choose by ballot, that is, by putting little balls or tickets, with particular marks, privately in a box; by counting which it is known what is the result of the poll, without any discovery by whom each vote was given.

    Etymology: balloter, Fr.

    No competition arriving to a sufficient number of balls, they fell to ballot some others. Henry Wotton.

    Giving their votes by balloting, they lie under no awe. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ballotnoun

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

  2. Ballotnoun

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

  3. Ballotnoun

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

  4. Ballotnoun

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

  5. Ballotverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ballot

    bal′ut, n. a little ball or ticket used in voting: a method of secret voting by putting a ball or ticket into an urn or box.—v.i. to vote by ballot: to select by secret voting (with for): draw lots for:—pr.p. bal′loting; pa.p. bal′loted.—ns. Bal′lotage, in France, the second ballot to decide which of two candidates has come nearest to the legal majority; Bal′lot-box, a box to receive balls or tickets when voting by ballot. [It. ballotta, dim. of balla, ball. See Ball.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ballot

    A type of device created and designed for a person to make their choice and vote in private.

    The polling station created and environment for the electorate to ballot their choice privately.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 21, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballot in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ballot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ballot in a Sentence

  1. Scott Hall:

    I went down there, we scanned every freaking ballot.

  2. Dave Jacobson:

    Everything Russia is toxic, rewarding Putin... by rolling out the red carpet at the White House, would have undoubtedly spelled big trouble for the GOP at the ballot box this fall.

  3. Louis Marinelli:

    We intend to mimic that process here in California by putting an independence referendum on the ballot so we can exercise our right to self-determination and vote to leave or remain part of the American Union.

  4. John Whitbeck:

    I think actually if you can qualify for the Virginia ballot it means that you have a pretty solid operation to begin with, it's not the only thing you need to be able to do obviously to win, but I think it is a symbol of a really good ground game.

  5. Ardeshir Amir-Arjomand:

    The Green Movement is still alive and it manifests in the Iranian nation's demands for freedom of expression, justice and respecting human rights, the Green Movement does not only mean holding street protests. People will continue to fight for their rights at the ballot box.

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  • الاقتراعArabic
  • бюлетина, гласувам, гласуванеBulgarian
  • papereta de votCatalan, Valencian
  • afstemningDanish
  • StimmzettelGerman
  • ψηφίζω, ψηφοδέλτιο, ψηφοφορίαGreek
  • balotoEsperanto
  • candidatura, balota, papeleta de voto, balotar, votar, eleccionesSpanish
  • رایPersian
  • äänestys, äänestää, äänestyslippu, äänestäminen, arpoa, äänimäärä, ehdokaslistaFinnish
  • bulletin, voter, bulletin de voteFrench
  • פתק הצבעהHebrew
  • szavazócédula, szavazólap, titkos szavazásHungarian
  • scheda elettoraleItalian
  • 投票用紙Japanese
  • stemmenDutch
  • stemmeseddel, valgliste, opptelling, avstemningNorwegian
  • boletim, cédula, votaçãoPortuguese
  • баллотировка, тянуть жребий, голосовать, бюллетень, голосование, избирательный бюллетень, волеизъявлениеRussian
  • röstsedel, valsedelSwedish

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