al·​der·​man | \ ˈȯl-dər-mən How to pronounce alderman (audio) \

Definition of alderman

1 : a person governing a kingdom, district, or shire as viceroy for an Anglo-Saxon king
2a : 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 : a member of a city legislative body

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aldermanic \ ˌȯl-​dər-​ˈma-​nik How to pronounce alderman (audio) \ adjective

Examples of alderman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Ingersoll, William Beckford, alderman of London, spoke in the House of Commons on the right. William Hogeland, The New Republic, "Against the Consensus Approach to History," 25 Jan. 2021 Perry, a Waukesha alderman who previously ran for the State Assembly as a Republican in 2014, acknowledged the presidential race has been particularly caustic. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Political signs in Waukesha County turn 'R-rated' as the presidential election nears," 28 Sep. 2020 Falberg, a 12-year alderman who also created Highwood’s Taco Fest, saw the skeletons as a way to scare up a fun and safe alternative to Pumpkinfest. Donald Liebenson,, "Display of skeletons takes over Highwood, replaces annual Pumpkinfest amid COVID-19 pandemic," 30 Oct. 2020 Recognized for his intelligence and amiable manner, Revels was elected to his first political office as an alderman in 1868. New York Times, "Raphael Warnock and the Solitude of the Black Senator," 20 Jan. 2021 Rick Biagi, a current District 64 School Board member and former Park Ridge Park District Board commissioner, is running uncontested for alderman of the 6th Ward. Jennifer Johnson,, "Uncontested races for Park Ridge mayor, two aldermanic seats, District 64 Board in 2021," 22 Dec. 2020 The idea was the brainchild of District 2 alderman Tracy Stefanski, who pitched his plan to the council Tuesday. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "No floats and a shorter route, here's how the West Allis Fourth of July parade will be different this year," 17 June 2020 Curtis, a former alderman, is halfway through his term as mayor in the town of 2,511. Katelyn Umholtz,, "Abita Springs Mayor Daniel Curtis tests positive for coronavirus," 30 Dec. 2020 After an incident in 2014 when a belligerent city alderman created a disruption in her office, Stewart said security measures were beefed up in her office. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Irate woman demanding to see New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart stabs city hall counter with scissors," 29 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of alderman

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alderman

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

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“Alderman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


al·​der·​man | \ ˈȯl-dər-mən How to pronounce alderman (audio) \

Kids Definition of alderman

: a member of a lawmaking body in a city


al·​der·​man | \ ˈȯl-dər-mən How to pronounce alderman (audio) \

Legal Definition of alderman

: a member of a city legislative body

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