Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: candidatus, from candidatus 'dressed in white', from candidus ( CANDID); because someone trying to get elected in ancient Rome wore white clothes


can‧di‧date W2 [countable]
1 someone who is being considered for a job or is competing in an election:
a presidential candidate
candidate for
There are only three candidates for the job.
2 British English someone who is taking an examination:
Candidates are not allowed to use a calculator in this exam.
3 someone or something that is likely to experience or get something
candidate for
The school is an obvious candidate for extra funding.
The novel must be a prime candidate for the award.

Dictionary results for "candidate"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.