The definition of a candidate is a person who is seen as suitable for a position, who is taking a test for admission or acceptance, or who has been chosen by a political party to run for office.(noun)
See candidate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L candidatus, white-robed < candidus (see candid): office seekers in ancient Rome wore white gowns
See candidate in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin candidātus, clothed in white (from the white togas worn by Romans seeking office), candidate
Origin: , from candidus, white; see candid.
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