Definition of shadow adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʃædəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃædoʊ//
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[only before noun] (British English, politics) used to refer to senior politicians of the main opposition party who would become government ministers if their party won the next election the shadow Chancellor the shadow Cabinet Word OriginOld English scead(u)we (noun), oblique case of sceadu (see shade), sceadwian ‘screen or shield from attack’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaduw and German Schatten (nouns), from an Indo-European root shared by Greek skotos ‘darkness’.