- 1 a person who is eligible for something or to do something is able to have or do it because they have the right qualifications, are the right age, etc. eligible (for something) Only those over 70 are eligible for the special payment. eligible (to do something) When are you eligible to vote in your country? opposite ineligible
- 2an eligible young man or woman is thought to be a good choice as a husband/wife, usually because they are rich or attractive
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NAmE//ˌɛlədʒəˈbɪlət̮i//noun [uncountable] Marriage to a national gave automatic eligibility for citizenship.