Definition of candidature in US English:



  • The fact or condition of being considered for a particular position or status; candidacy.

    ‘she is completing her PhD candidature as a part-time student’
    ‘his candidature for the Presidency has received enthusiastic public support’
    • ‘Poor health forbade his candidature when the chair became vacant in 1834.’
    • ‘The Republican senator, announced his candidature on Saturday.’
    • ‘As the opposition pointed out, his candidature was the weaker from his being little known to the House.’
    • ‘No body has any authority to withdraw my candidature from the Parliamentary election.’
    • ‘I knew there were several factors against my candidature.’
    • ‘Most Midwest labor unions have endorsed his candidature.’
    • ‘There have been reports about various attempts to sabotage the candidature of women candidates by withdrawing their nominations secretly.’
    • ‘A divisive nomination campaign left his candidature holed and sinking.’
    • ‘The country yesterday supported India's candidature for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council.’
    • ‘All of the legislators supported his candidature.’


Mid 19th century: from candidate + -ure, probably via French.