What does candidate mean?

Definitions for candidate
ˈkæn dɪˌdeɪt, -dɪtcan·di·date

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word candidate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. campaigner, candidate, nomineenoun

    a politician who is running for public office

  2. candidate, prospectnoun

    someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)


  1. candidatenoun

    A person who is running in an election or who is applying to a position for a job.

  2. candidatenoun

    A participant in an examination.

  3. Etymology: From candidatus, the perfect passive participle of candidare, from candidus, in reference to Roman candidates wearing bleached white togas as a symbol of purity at a public forum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Candidatenoun

    A competitor; one that solicites, or proposes himself for something of advancement.

    Etymology: candidatus, Lat.

    So many candidates there stand for wit,
    A place at court is scarce so hard to get. Anonymous.

    One would be surprised to see so many candidates for glory. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 256.

    What could thus high thy rash ambition raise?
    Art thou, fond youth, a candidate for praise? Alexander Pope.

    Thy firstfruits of poesy were giv’n,
    To make thyself a welcome inmate there,
    While yet a young probationer,
    And candidate of heav’n. Dryden.


  1. candidate

    A candidate generally refers to a person who is being considered for a specific position or role, such as a job position, a political office, or an award. Candidates are usually evaluated or chosen based on their qualifications, skills, and suitability for the role in question. The selection is usually done through a process like an election, an interview, or an assessment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Candidatenoun

    one who offers himself, or is put forward by others, as a suitable person or an aspirant or contestant for an office, privilege, or honor; as, a candidate for the office of governor; a candidate for holy orders; a candidate for scholastic honors

  2. Etymology: [L. Candidatus, n. (because candidates for office in Rome were clothed in a white toga.) fr. candidatus clothed in white, fr. candiduslittering, white: cf. F. candidat.]


  1. Candidate

    Candidate are an indie band from the United Kingdom, whose music has been described as folk rock, "full of gentle, dark soundscapes" and an "overflowing sink".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Candidate

    kan′di-dāt, n. one who offers himself for any office or honour, so called because, at Rome, the applicant used to dress in white.—ns. Can′didature, Can′didateship, Can′didacy. [L. candidatus, from candidus.]

Editors Contribution

  1. candidate

    1) a person who applies for a job or is nominated for election. 2) a person or thing regarded as suitable for or likely to receive a particular fate, treatment, or position.

    1) This year's candidates for Mayor are: 2) I think a suitable candidate for this position is among the people in this room.

    Submitted by Soulwriter on June 2, 2021  

  2. candidate

    A person proposing to be elected.

    He would love to be elected, that is why he choose to run for election.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'candidate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2560

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'candidate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4140

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'candidate' in Nouns Frequency: #596

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of candidate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of candidate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of candidate in a Sentence

  1. Rudy Giuliani:

    There is no campaign violation. The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the President's family. It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not.

  2. Richard Trumka:

    Biden's a good friend. He's been a champion of working people, he would be a good candidate; he would be a good president.

  3. Mick Mulvaney:

    There's a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, O.K. ? i don't think The New York Times's likely, but it's a possibility. How likable is a candidate ? The New York Times still counts.

  4. Takeshi Niinami:

    It would be an honour to be considered a candidate, but there are things to do as Suntory CEO which would take a few more years, and I am not currently interested.

  5. Michael Bloomberg:

    Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is making a bet about democracy in 2020. He doesnt need people, he only needs bags and bags of money. I think Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is wrong and thats what we need to prove in this election.

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