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. 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"


  1. ballot(Noun)

    a paper or card used to cast a vote

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

  2. ballot(Noun)

    the process of voting, especially in secret

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

  3. ballot(Noun)

    a list of candidates running for office; a ticket

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

  4. ballot(Noun)

    the total of all votes cast in an election

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

  5. ballot(Verb)

    to vote

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

  6. ballot(Verb)

    to draw lots

    Etymology: 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.

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  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce ballot?

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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. 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.

  2. White House counsel Pat Cipollone:

    Why not trust the American people with this decision ? why tear up their ballots, why tear up every ballot across this country ?

  3. Gerry Gudgel:

    If the Republican Convention went into gridlock, I think Paul Ryan, somehow, put him on the ballot right away.

  4. Mina Tzemach:

    In certain voting stations, voting stations in places where there are a lot of new immigrants, pro-Likud ballot boxes, the percent of those who voted (in the exit polls) was especially low.

  5. Linn County:

    Voters should rest assured that even if they submit multiple requests, they will only receive one ballot.

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  • الاقتراعArabic
  • гласуване, бюлетина, гласувамBulgarian
  • papereta de votCatalan, Valencian
  • afstemningDanish
  • StimmzettelGerman
  • ψηφίζω, ψηφοφορία, ψηφοδέλτιοGreek
  • balotoEsperanto
  • balotar, candidatura, papeleta de voto, votar, elecciones, balotaSpanish
  • رایPersian
  • äänestys, äänestäminen, arpoa, ehdokaslista, äänimäärä, äänestyslippu, äänestääFinnish
  • bulletin de vote, voter, bulletinFrench
  • פתק הצבעהHebrew
  • szavazócédula, titkos szavazás, szavazólapHungarian
  • scheda elettoraleItalian
  • 投票用紙Japanese
  • stemmenDutch
  • opptelling, valgliste, stemmeseddel, avstemningNorwegian
  • boletim, cédula, votaçãoPortuguese
  • тянуть жребий, баллотировка, бюллетень, избирательный бюллетень, голосование, волеизъявление, голосоватьRussian
  • valsedel, röstsedelSwedish

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