See also: -elect
Borrowed from Latin ēlēctus, past participle of ēligō (“to pick out, choose, elect”), from ē- (“out”) + legō (“to pick out, pick, gather, collect, etc.”); see legend.
Cognate to eclectic, which is via Ancient Greek rather than Latin, hence prefix ἐκ (ek), rather than e- (from ex).
elect (plural elects or elect)
- One chosen or set apart.
- (theology) In Calvinist theology, one foreordained to Heaven. In other Christian theologies, someone chosen by God for salvation.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Isaiah 42:1:
- Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Luke 18:7:
- Shall not God avenge his won elect?
One chosen or set apart
One chosen by God
elect (third-person singular simple present elects, present participle electing, simple past and past participle elected)
- (transitive) To choose or make a decision (to do something)
- (transitive) To choose (a candidate) in an election
to choose or make decision
to choose in election
to elect — see choose
elect (not comparable)
- (postpositive) Who has been elected in a specified post, but has not yet entered office.
- He is the President elect.
- 1811, Jane Austen, chapter 16, in Sense and Sensibility:
- She began almost to feel a dislike of Edward; and it ended, as every feeling must end with her, by carrying back her thoughts to Willoughby, whose manners formed a contrast sufficiently striking to those of his brother elect.
- Chosen; taken by preference from among two or more.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book III, Canto VII”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC:
- colours quaint elect
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, 1 Timothy 5:21:
- the elect angels
who has been elected
- elect in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- elect in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911