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

     

    eligible

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈelɪdʒəbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪdʒəbl//
     
    Attractiveness, Male attractiveness
     
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  1. 1a 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. The new regulations made a lot of prisoners eligible for early release. You are not considered eligible for legal aid. eligible (to do something) When are you eligible to vote in your country? opposite ineligible
  2. 2an eligible young man or woman is thought to be a good choice as a husband/wife, usually because they are rich or attractive See related entries: Attractiveness, Male attractiveness
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: via French from late Latin eligibilis, from Latin eligere ‘choose’, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out’ + legere ‘to pick’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: eligible