noun \ˈl-dər-mən\

: 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

:  a person governing a kingdom, district, or shire as viceroy for an Anglo-Saxon king
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
:  a member of a city legislative body
al·der·man·ic \ˌl-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


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