1. the body of persons entitled to vote in an election.
  2. the dignity or territory of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.


  1. the body of all qualified voters
  2. the rank, position, or territory of an elector of the Holy Roman Empire
  3. Australian and NZ the area represented by a Member of Parliament
  4. Australian and NZ the voters in a constituency

1670s, in reference to Germany, from elector + -ate (1). Meaning “whole body of voters” is from 1879.

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