ballot

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English[edit]

An early ballot box in which balls were used to cast the ballots. This box, once used by the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia, a social club, is in the collection of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., USA.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian balota (obsolete), ballotta (small ball, especially one used to register a vote), from balla (bale, bundle) + -otta (suffix forming diminutive nouns); or from Middle French balote (obsolete), ballotte (small ball used to register a vote) (also compare Middle French balotiage, French ballottage (second ballot, runoff)).

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Noun[edit]

ballot (plural ballots)

  1. Originally, a small ball placed in a container to cast a vote; now, by extension, a piece of paper or card used for this purpose, or some other means used to signify a vote.
  2. The process of voting, especially in secret; a round of voting.
    • (Can we date this quote by London and Westminster Review and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      the insufficiency of the ballot
  3. The total of all the votes cast in an election.
  4. (chiefly US) A list of candidates running for office; a ticket.

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Verb[edit]

ballot (third-person singular simple present ballots, present participle balloting, simple past and past participle balloted)

  1. To vote or decide by ballot.
    to ballot for a candidate
  2. To draw lots.

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  • blackballing (also derived from the old practice of using balls to vote)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

balle +‎ -ot

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ballot m (plural ballots)

  1. bundle, package
  2. (informal, derogatory) fool, nitwit

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Northern Sami[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈpalloh(t)/

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ballot

  1. first-person plural imperative of ballat