Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “democracy”

See all translations

democracy

noun [C/U]  /dɪˈmɑk·rə·si/ us  
politics & government the belief in freedom and equality between people, or a system of government based on this belief, in which power is either held by elected representatives or directly by the people themselves politics & government A democracy is a country in which power is held by elected representatives.
Translations of “democracy”
in Korean 민주주의…
in Arabic ديمُقراطيّة…
in French démocratie…
in Turkish demokrasi…
in Italian democrazia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 民主, 民主思想, 民主政體…
in Russian демократия…
in Polish demokracja…
in Spanish democracia…
in Portuguese democracia…
in German die Demokratie…
in Catalan democràcia…
in Japanese 民主主義…
in Chinese (Simplified) 民主, 民主思想, 民主政体…
(Definition of democracy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of democracy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “democracy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More