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
 
 
/dɪˈmɒkrəsi/
[U] WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a situation, system, or organization in which everyone has equal rights and opportunities, and can help make decisions: corporate democracy shareholder democracy
[U] POLITICS the belief that everyone in a country has the right to express their opinions, and that power should be held by people who are elected, or a system of government based on this belief: The country was celebrating its return to democracy.
[C] POLITICS a country in which power is held by people who are elected: It is now a stable, well-governed democracy.
→  See also industrial democracy , workplace democracy
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 Business English 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

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

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