Definition of plebiscite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈplebɪsɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplebɪsɪt//
; BrE BrE//ˈplebɪsaɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplebɪsaɪt//
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plebiscite (on something) (politics) a vote by the people of a country or a region on an issue that is very important synonym referendum to hold a plebiscite on the country’s future system of government Word Originmid 16th cent. (referring to Roman history): from French plébiscite, from Latin plebiscitum, from plebs, pleb- ‘the common people’ + scitum ‘decree’ (from sciscere ‘vote for’). The current sense dates from the mid 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: plebiscite