From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Candidate \Can"di*date\, noun [L. Candidatus, noun (because candidates for office in Rome were clothed in a white toga.) fr. candidatus clothed in white, fr. candiduslittering, white: cf. F. candidat.] One who offers himself, or is put forward by others, as a suitable person or an aspirant or contestant for an office, privilege, or honor; as, a candidate for the office of governor; a candidate for holy orders; a candidate for scholastic honors.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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