[ih-lek-ter] /ɪˈlɛk tər/

a person who or may , especially a qualified voter.
a member of the of the U.S.
(usually initial capital letter) one of the German princes entitled to the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
someone who is eligible to vote in the election of a government
(often capital) a member of the US electoral college
(often capital) (in the Holy Roman Empire) any of the German princes entitled to take part in the election of a new emperor

mid-15c., from Latin elector “chooser, selecter,” agent noun from past participle stem of eligere (see election).


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