candidate[kan′də dāt′, -dət]
- 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.
- An example of a candidate is President George W. Bush when he ran for President.
- An example of a candidate is a person who is taking an admissions test at a private school.
- An example of a candidate is someone being considered for a job.
A candidate gives a speech.
- a person who seeks, or who has been proposed for, an office, an award, etc.
- a person or thing apparently destined to come to a certain end: a candidate for greatness
Origin of candidateClassical Latin candidatus, white-robed ; from candidus (see candid): office seekers in ancient Rome wore white gowns
- A person who seeks or is nominated for an office, prize, or honor.
- A student who has nearly completed the requirements for a degree.
- One that seems likely to gain a certain position or come to a certain fate: young actors who are candidates for stardom; a memorandum that is a good candidate for the trash can.
Origin of candidateLatin candidātus, clothed in white (from the white togas worn by Romans seeking office), candidate, from candidus, white; see candid.
- can′di·da·cy , can′di·da·ture′
From Latin candidātus (“a person who is standing for public office”), the perfect passive participle of candidare, from candidus (“candid, white”), in reference to Roman candidates wearing bleached white togas as a symbol of purity at a public forum.