The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Democracy \De*moc"ra*cy\ (d[-e]*m[o^]k"r[.a]*s[y^]), n.; pl.
Democracies (d[-e]*m[o^]k"r[.a]*s[i^]z). [F. d['e]mocratie,
fr. Gr. dhmokrati`a; dh^mos the people + kratei^n to be
strong, to rule, kra`tos strength.]
1. Government by the people; a form of government in which
the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by
2. Government by popular representation; a form of government
in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but
is indirectly exercised through a system of representation
and delegated authority periodically renewed; a
constitutional representative government; a republic.
3. Collectively, the people, regarded as the source of
4. The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so