- A person who is running in an election or who is applying to a position for a job.
- A participant in an examination.
- From candidatus meaning "a person who is standing for public office", the perfect passive participle of the verb candidare, which in turn comes from candidus meaning "candid" or "white", in reference to Roman candidates wearing bleached white togas as a symbol of purity at a public forum.
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