elector (plural electors)

  1. A person eligible to vote in an election.
    • 1791, Thomas Paine, Rights of Man:
      The constitution of France says, That every man who pays a tax of sixty sous per annum (2s. and 6d. English), is an elector.
  2. An official serving in an electoral college or similar assembly.
  3. (historical) In the Holy Roman Empire, one of the princes entitled to choose the emperor.
Translations Translations
  • German: Wahlmann, Wahlfrau, Elektor
  • Russian: вы́борщик


elector (plural electors), also spelled: elector

  1. (countable, historical) A (German) prince (prince-elector or simply elector) entitled to elect the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Related terms
  • Electress, electress
  • Electress Consort, electress consort
  • Princess-Electress, princess-electress
  • French: prince-électeur (princesse-électrice (Elector's wife))
  • German: Kurfürst (Kurfürstin (Elector's wife))
  • Italian: principe elettore
  • Portuguese: príncipe-eleitor, príncipe eleitor
  • Russian: курфю́рст

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