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candidate

Definition of candidate

Etymology

    From Latin candidatus ("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.

Pronunciation

Noun

candidate (plural candidates)

  1. A person who is running in an election or who is applying to a position for a job.
  2. A participant in an examination.

Derived terms

  • candidacy
  • Manchurian candidate

Related terms

  • candelabrum
  • candela
  • candid
  • candle
  • candlepower
  • candlestick
  • chandler
  • chandlery

Further reading

A candidate is the prospective recipient of an award or honor or a person seeking or being considered for some kind of position; for example:

  • to be elected to an office - in this case a candidate selection procedure occurs.
  • to receive membership in a group

"Nomination" is part of the process of selecting a candidate for either election to an office, or the bestowing of an honor or award. "Presumptive nominee" is a term used when a person or organization believes that the nomination in inevitable. The act of being a candidate in a race is called a "candidacy."

"Candidate" is a derivative of the Latin "candida" (white). In Ancient Rome, people running for political office would usually wear togas chalked and bleached to be bright white at speeches, debates, conventions, and other public functions.

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

Translation of candidate in Malay

Noun

person running in an election

  1. calon



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