General English

  • noun a person who has entered for an examination
  • noun a person who is taking part in an election or competing for a prize
  • noun someone or something that is likely to be chosen for or be something


  • noun a person who applies for or is considered suitable for a job or for a training course


  • noun a batsman who is out for nought in his first innings and is thus in line for getting a ‘pair’ by scoring a second duck
    Citation ‘Mr Jardine made a good catch in the slips to get rid of Vic Richardson who thus became a “candidate” and was duly elected in the second innings!’ (Larwood 1933)

Information & Library Science

  • noun a person who is being considered for a job, or who is standing for election
  • noun a person or company that is considered suitable for a particular purpose


  • noun somebody who applies for a job
  • noun somebody who puts themselves forward for election



  • noun someone who takes part in an election