He's a good candidate for a heart attack.
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.
Young actors who are candidates for stardom; a memorandum that is a good candidate for the trash can.
Origin of candidate
- Latin candidātus clothed in white (from the white togas worn by Romans seeking office), candidate from candidus white candid
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.