|Origin:||Late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere; ELECT1|
someone who is eligible for something is able or allowed to do it, for example because they are the right age
Students on a part-time course are not eligible for a loan.
2 [only before noun]
an eligible man or woman would be good to marry because they are rich, attractive, and not married:
Stephen was regarded as an eligible bachelor.
—eligibility noun [uncountable]