An example of suffrage is the right to vote in a political election.
- a prayer or act of intercession or supplication
- a vote or voting; esp., a vote in favor of some candidate or issue
- the right to vote, esp. in political elections; franchise
Origin of suffrageMiddle English from Middle French from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin from Classical Latin suffragium, decision, vote, suffrage from sub- (see sub-) + fragor, loud applause, origin, originally , din, a crashing from Indo-European base an unverified form bhre?-, to crash, break
- a. The right or privilege of voting; franchise.b. The exercise of such a right.
- A vote cast in deciding a disputed question or in electing a person to office.
- A short intercessory prayer.
Origin of suffrageMiddle English intercessory prayer from Old French from Medieval Latin suffrāgium from Latin the right to vote from suffrāgārī to express support ; see bhreg- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural suffrages)
- (uncountable) The right or chance to vote, express an opinion, or participate in a decision.
- (countable) A vote in deciding a particular question.
- The right to vote for elected officials in a representative democracy.
- universal suffrage, women's suffrage, negro suffrage
- (US) The right of women to vote.
- (countable, Christianity) A prayer, for example a prayer offered for the faithful dead.
- (countable, Christianity) A short petition, as those after the creed in matins and evensong.
- (uncountable) Aid, intercession.
- Testimony; attestation; witness; approval.
From Middle English "prayers or pleas on behalf of another", from Old French, from Medieval Latin suffragium, from Latin suffragium (“support, vote, right of voting"). The sense of "vote" or "right to vote" was directly derived from classical Latin.