superdelegate

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Etymology[edit]

From super- +‎ delegate, indicating these delegates' perceived elevated status: though they officially represent only themselves, they have as much say as elected delegates who represent a region or state. Originally written super-delegate or super delegate; the former is attested since 1981.[1]

Noun[edit]

superdelegate (plural superdelegates)

  1. (US, politics) A member of the Democratic Party who has been selected to attend the national convention to help select a nominee for president.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benjamin Zimmer, “‘Superdelegates’: a not-so-novel concoction”, in Language Log, 2008 April 20.