Definition of "ballot" []

  • A sheet of paper or a card used to cast or register a vote, especially a secret one. (noun)
  • The act, process, or method of voting, especially in secret. (noun)
  • A list of candidates running for office; a ticket. (noun)
  • The total of all votes cast in an election. (noun)
  • The right to vote; franchise. (noun)
  • The democratic practice of selecting a representative, a course of action, or deciding some other choice by submitting the options to a vote of all qualified persons (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An instance of voting, usually in secret using ballot papers or a voting machine (noun)
  • The paper on which a vote is recorded (noun)
  • A list of candidates standing for office (noun)
  • The number of votes cast in an election (noun)
  • A random selection of successful applicants for something in which the demand exceeds the supply, esp for shares in an oversubscribed new issue (noun)
  • The allocation by ballot of farming land among eligible candidates, such as ex-servicemen (noun)
  • A low-interest housing loan allocated by building societies by drawing lots among its eligible members (noun)
  • To vote or elicit a vote from (verb)
  • To select (officials, etc) by lot or ballot or to select (successful applicants) at random (verb)
  • To vote or decide (on an issue, etc) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "ballot" in a sentence
  • "Putting an initiative on the ballot is an important governmental act, and we hope the court does not decide that there is a right to do so anonymously."
  • "The fact that Barrack took his name off the ballot is a moot point, since the DNC had ruled the primary WOULD NOT COUNT."
  • "How can you say Obama not having his name on the ballot is a convenience for him when at the time he wasn't the front runner, and the race still had three other contestants? ..."