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 boroughb : 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
aldermanicplay \ˌȯl-dər-ˈma-nik\ adjective
Recent Examples of alderman from the Web
If the council approves the recommendation, Joyce will serve as Seventh Ward alderman until the spring 2019 election.
The irony is that in turning down the East Side location, aldermen helped a group of nearby residents, who complained about noise potential, but do not live in the city.
Cunningham doled out some criticism himself, castigating his predecessor, Wayne Motley, for failing to write a budget before the fiscal year began May 1, the same day Cunningham, formerly the 1st Ward alderman, was sworn in as mayor.
During city council meetings, aldermen had inquired with Lockport Square developers about how to develop faster.
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ALDERMAN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of alderman for Students
: a member of a lawmaking body in a city
Legal Definition of alderman
: a member of a city legislative body
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