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

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

  2. ballotnoun

    the process of voting, especially in secret

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

  3. ballotnoun

    a list of candidates running for office; a ticket

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

  4. ballotnoun

    the total of all votes cast in an election

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

  5. ballotverb

    to vote

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

  6. ballotverb

    to draw lots

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

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. Glenn Youngkin:

    He knows exactly where I stand, i'm Glenn Youngkin running in Virginia. I'm on the ballot. It's Glenn Youngkin running in Virginia.

  2. Glenn Youngkin:

    There is a stark contrast on the ballot this fall, there are Virginians clearly saying – Republicans, Independents and Democrats – that we will not go back to the tired old policies Terry McAuliffe represents.

  3. Quinton Lucas:

    This ballot measure should remind all of us in City Hall that the way we do things matters, we must continue to legislate by bringing people together, seeking input from those with different perspectives and working to consensus-build on the issues that matter most to our community.

  4. Mark Andersen:

    We would send them a ballot via email just like we would to the extent with our overseas voters. They would get it, they would vote it ; 147 of them actually faxed it back to us after they voted it.

  5. Mark Murray:

    It's not surprising that after spending more than $3.2 million, 98 percent of which is from out of state, the plastic bag industry has bought its way onto the California ballot to protect its profits.

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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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