ballot

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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]

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.
    • Charles Dickens
      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)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

balle +‎ -ot

Noun[edit]

ballot m ‎(plural ballots)

  1. bundle, package

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Northern Sami[edit]

Verb[edit]

ballot

  1. first-person plural imperative of ballat