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One entry found for candidate.
Main Entry: canĚdiĚdate
Pronunciation: primarystresskan-dschwa-secondarystressdamacrt, primarystresskan-schwa-, -dschwat
Function: noun
Etymology: from Latin candidatus "candidate," from candidatus (adjective) "dressed in white," from candidus "shining white," from candemacronre "to be bright, shine" --related to CANDID, CANDLE
: one who runs in an election contest or is proposed for an office or honor
Word History In ancient Rome it was the custom for a person who wanted to be elected to public office to wear a toga that had been rubbed with chalk to make it white. The Latin word for "dressed in white" was candidatus. In time this word came to be used for the person himself, or the candidate. The Latin word candidatus came from candidus, meaning "bright, shining white." This in turn came from candemacronre, a verb meaning "to shine, be bright." Latin candemacronre has given us two other English words: candid, which at first meant "white, free from prejudice" but now usually means "honest, natural," and candle, the mass of wax with a wick that is burned to give off a bright light.

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