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Latin candidatus, from candidatus clothed in white, from candidus white; from the white toga worn by candidates for office in ancient Rome


  • 1 a : one that aspires to or is nominated or qualified for an office, membership, or award <a candidate for governor>
b : one likely or suited to undergo or be chosen for something specified <a candidate for surgery>
  • 2 : a student in the process of meeting final requirements for a degree


A candidate is the prospective recipient of an award or honor or a person seeking or being considered for some kind of position; for example:

  • to be elected to an office — in this case a candidate selection procedure occurs.
  • to receive membership in a group

"Nomination" is part of the process of selecting a candidate for either election to an office, or the bestowing of an honor or award. "Presumptive nominee" is a term used when a person or organization believes that the nomination in inevitable. The act of being a candidate in a race is called a "candidacy."