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Usage statistics for the noun election:

spoken English28.21%written English71.79% imaginative writing5.88%informational writing94.12%
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Definition of the noun election

What does election mean as a name of something?

Election is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: elections

  1. a vote to select the winner of a position or political office
    • example: the results of the election will be announced tonight
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: vote = the opinion of a group as determined by voting
    • more specific terms:
  2. the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice
    • example: her election of medicine as a profession
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: choice / option / pick / selection = the act of choosing or selecting
    • more specific terms:
      • co-optation / co-option = the selection of a new member
      • cumulative vote = an election in which each person has as many votes as there are positions to be filled and they can all be cast for one candidate or can be distributed in any manner
  3. the status or fact of being elected
    • example: they celebrated his election
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: position / status = the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  4. the predestination of some individuals as objects of divine mercy (especially as conceived by Calvinists)

Alternative definition of the noun election


  1. A process of choosing a leader, members of parliament, councillors, or other representatives by popular vote.
  2. The choice of a leader or representative by popular vote.
  3. Any conscious choice.
  4. [theology] In Calvinism, God's predestination of saints including all of the elect.


  1. "Election" is a 1999 American comedy film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by him and Jim Taylor from Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same title. The plot revolves around a high school election, and satirizes both suburban high school life and politics. The film stars Matthew Broderick as Jim McAllister, a popular high school history, civics, and current events teacher in suburban Omaha, Nebraska, and Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick, around the time of the school's student body election. When Tracy qualifies to run for class president, McAllister believes she does not deserve the title, and tries his best to stop her from winning.
  2. "Election", is a 2005 Hong Kong crime film directed by Johnnie To. Featuring a large ensemble cast, the film stars Simon Yam and Tony Leung Ka-fai as two gang leaders engaged in a power struggle to become the new leader of a Hong Kong triad.
  3. "Election" is a 2013 Indian Kannada action drama film directed by Om Prakash Rao and produced by Ramu under the banner Ramu Enterprises. The film stars Malashri in the lead role. The supporting cast features Pradeep Rawat, Dev Gill, Sharath Lohitashwa, Hanumanthegowda and Suchendra Prasad.


  1. "Election" is a 1998 novel by Tom Perrotta. It is a black comedy about a high school history teacher who attempts to sabotage a manipulative, overly-ambitious girl's campaign to become school president. In 1999, the novel was adapted into a film of the same title.
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Black comedy, Comedy
    • subjects: New Jersey, Election
    • released on (17 years ago)
  2. "Election" a.k.a. "Election!" is a book by Dean Jaensch.
    • also known as "Election!: how and why Australia votes"
  3. "Election" is a book by Truth illustrated.
    • also known as "Election to the independent electors of Hamilton County"


"Election" is a composition.


  1. election a.k.a. Election Day (US): Election Day in the United States is the day set by law for the general elections of public officials. It occurs on the Tuesday right after the first Monday in November. The earliest possible date is November 2, and the latest possible date is November 8. The 2012 election was held on November 6, 2012.
  2. Election in Christianity involves God choosing a particular person or group of people to a particular task or to relationship, especially eternal life.
  3. Election is a BAFTA award-winning political TV series for children won by Quincy Washington, presented by Angellica Bell and judged by Jonathan Dimbleby. It first aired on BBC One.
  4. Election was a Thoroughbred racehorse that won the 1807 Epsom Derby. His breeder, Lord Egremont, won the Derby for the fourth time with Election. Election raced until he was seven years old and was bought by the Prince Regent after his racing career. He was a successful sire for the Prince's Hampton Court Stud, producing the 1821 Derby winner Gustavus, the 1817 2,000 Guineas Stakes winner Manfred and 1825 1,000 Guineas Stakes winner Tontine.
    • born in (212 years ago)
  5. The election in which this referendum was voted on.
  6. The election contest that this poll is regarding.
  7. The election this campaign was for, e.g.
  8. Election is a multipart tv episode.
  9. Election is a print ad.

Phrases with Election

Phrases starting with the word Election:

  1. election day
  2. election fraud
  3. election district
  4. election commission
  5. Election of remedies

Phrases ending with the word Election:

  1. by-election
  2. bye-election
  3. general election
  4. Midterm election
  5. primary election
  6. Special Election
  7. writ of election
  8. right of election
  9. Unconditional election

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Election

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Google previewHiring and Firing Public Officials (2011)

Rethinking the Purpose of Elections by Justin Buchler

"As Justin Buchler shows, an election is a mechanism by which voters hire and fire public officials.

Google previewBritish Government and Politics: A Comparative Guide (2012)

by Duncan Watts

There are four main ways of choosing members of an upper house: Direct election is the most common and according to Hague and Harrop1O is used in...

Partial election is a possible variation, as considered for the British Phase Two.

Google previewA. W. Pink's Studies in the Scriptures (2001)

by Arthur W. Pink

Thus far, in our exposition of this blessed truth, we have shown that the source of election is the will of God,

Next, we have seen, that the Grand Original of election is the man Christ Jesus, who was ordained unto union with the second Person in the Godhead. Then...

Google preview2012 Political Circus Inaction Figures (2012)

by Tim Foley

Clowns, tightrope walkers, acrobats the election is a three-ring circus!

Google previewFaith, Freedom and the Spirit (2015)

The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology by Paul D. Molnar

As already mentioned above, it has been said that Barth should have seen that election is the ground of God's triunity1 and that therefore it was and is impermissible to maintain that God ever could have been the triune God without us.2 God ...

Google previewFreedom and the Historian

,2 'a general election is a moral earthquake...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Arizona (1999)

by Nancy Capace

electors of the county at least equal to ten per cent of the total number of ballots cast for all candidates for governor or presidential electors in the county at the last preceding general election. The election shall be held at least one hundred ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Lesotho (2013)

by Scott Rosenberg, Richard F. Weisfelder

Demands that Lesotho should create an Independent Electoral Commission to conduct the 1998 general election came to fiuition in July 1997 when Lesotho's Constitution ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Colorado (1999)

by Nancy Capace

The council shall submit the same to a vote of the qualified electors at the next general election not held within thirty days after such petition is filed; whenever such petition is signed by qualified electors in number not less than ten percent of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas (2001)

by Nancy Capace

year next preceding an election and the last six (6) months within the district or county In which such person offers to vote, shall be ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oregon (1999)

by Nancy Capace

The regular general biennial election in Oregon for the year A. D. 1910 and thereafter shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. All officers except the Governor, elected for a six year term in 1904 or for a four year ...

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Quotes about Election

The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself...The act of voting is in itself the defining moment. (Jeff Melvoin)
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Scrabble value of E1L1E1C3T1I1O1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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