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alderman

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noun al·der·man \ˈȯl-dər-mən\

Simple Definition of alderman

  • : a member of a city government in the U.S., Canada, and Australia

  • : a senior member of an English town, county, or borough council who is elected by the other members

Full Definition of alderman

  1. 1 :  a person governing a kingdom, district, or shire as viceroy for an Anglo-Saxon king

  2. 2 a :  a magistrate formerly ranking next below the mayor in an English or Irish city or borough b :  a high-ranking member of a borough or county council in Ireland or formerly in England chosen by elected members

  3. 3 :  a member of a city legislative body

al·der·man·icplay \ˌȯl-dər-ˈma-nik\ adjective

Origin of alderman

Middle English, from Old English ealdorman, from ealdor parent (from eald old) + man — more at old


First Known Use: before 12th century


ALDERMAN Defined for Kids

alderman

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noun al·der·man \ˈȯl-dər-mən\

Definition of alderman

  1. :  a member of a lawmaking body in a city





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