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
The Milwaukee Common Council would have the power to fire the city's police chief under a proposal that has the support of a politically diverse group of aldermen.
One alderman's proposal to overhaul the city's recommendations for avoiding lead exposure in drinking water is receiving a tepid response from the Milwaukee Health Department and some local medical experts.
Photos of a similar development by West Star in Overland Park were presented to the aldermen during a work session earlier this month.
One of the alderman sponsoring the proposal made a tidy profit selling land for such a development before joining the city council, according to news reports.
Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed former Hapeville City Councilman Mike Rast to fill the alderman-at-large seat that became vacant after the conviction of councilwoman Ruth Barr.
Mike Buettner, a local alderman, counts 27 empty storefronts on Main Street in a 14-block stretch.
When campaigning for his first term, Thompson stumped on his image as a cowboy (his wealthy father owned a ranch), a former star athlete, and a can-do alderman.
If the council approves the recommendation, Joyce will serve as Seventh Ward alderman until the spring 2019 election.
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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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