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

Other Words from alderman

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

Examples of alderman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the alderman of the ward where the project will be located, Ald. Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2022 Speaking Polish as a Villegas staffer translated, Bednarczyk then took the opportunity to vent about neighborhood crime to his alderman and would-be congressman. John Byrne,, 11 Apr. 2022 There was also William Hartsfield, city alderman and eventually mayor. Forrest Brown, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Solis was charged with a single bribery count on Friday as part of his stunning turn as a government mole, a sitting alderman wearing an undercover wire to help federal investigators build cases against Ald. Ray Long,, 12 Apr. 2022 Incumbent Cudahy Mayor Thomas Pavlic defeated former alderman Justin Moralez in the April 5 election. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Apr. 2022 No coin toss was needed to decide the winner of the District 5 alderman race in Wauwatosa after the race ended in a tie Tuesday. Alex Groth, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2022 That new alderman would serve until the 2023 election. Alice Yin,, 24 Mar. 2022 District 4 incumbent Mike Toman, who served Oak Creek as alderman for 18 years, was voted out of the running by five votes in the Feb. 15 primary. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of alderman

: a member of a lawmaking body in a city


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Legal Definition of alderman

: a member of a city legislative body

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