Superdelegate definition

so͝opər-dĕlĭ-gāt, -gĭt
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A nonelected delegate to a presidential nominating convention, usually an office-holder or influential party leader, who is not pledged to support any particular candidate.
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A delegate to a political party convention held to nominate a presidential candidate, who attends by virtue of being a party official or elected officeholder rather than as a regular elected delegate: superdelegates are not obligated to vote for a particular candidate.
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(US, politics) A member of the Democratic Party who has been selected to attend the national convention to help select a nominee for president.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of superdelegate - super-delegate, super-delegate

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
superdelegate
Plural:
superdelegates

Origin of superdelegate

  • From super- +"Ž delegate, indicating these delegates' perceived elevated status: though they officially represent only themselves, they have as much say as elected delegates who represent a region or state. Originally written super-delegate or super delegate; the former is attested since 1981.

    From Wiktionary