alderman

noun al·der·man \ ˈȯl-dər-mən \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of alderman

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

aldermanic

play \ˌȯl-dər-ˈma-nik\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of alderman

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


ALDERMAN Defined for English Language Learners

alderman

noun

Definition of alderman for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ALDERMAN Defined for Kids

alderman

noun al·der·man \ ˈȯl-dər-mən \

Definition of alderman for Students

: a member of a lawmaking body in a city

Law Dictionary

alderman

noun al·der·man \ ˈȯl-dər-mən \

legal Definition of alderman

: a member of a city legislative body


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