al·der·man | \ˈȯl-dər-mən \

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 \ adjective

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City Clerk Mark Bernacki, who previously served as a Republican alderman, said the $20,000 would have been 40 to 50 percent of the Warm the Children budget for this year. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Britain GOP, Democrats Square Off Over Aid Programs," 30 June 2018 Hagerty’s comments came as aldermen are expected to consider actions related to the public building at the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Evanston aldermen may consider Harley Clarke Mansion fate at Monday City Council meeting," 15 June 2018 His father was the local public safety commissioner and president of the Essex County tax board; his grandfather was an alderman. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Brendan Byrne, 2-term N.J. governor and ‘man the mob couldn’t buy,’ dies at 93," 4 Jan. 2018 The grant approved by aldermen on Tuesday calls for the city to cover 33 percent of façade improvements and 50 percent of monument sign improvements that would replace pylon signs that don’t conform to city code. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "Oak Forest to spend nearly $100k to help fix 'eyesore' strip mall on 159th Street," 13 June 2018 Bukiewicz, 53, who was the District 2 alderman on the city’s common council for five terms, was voted into the mayor’s chair in March 2017 by the council when then-mayor Steve Scaffidi resigned to become a radio host on WTMJ. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Incumbent Dan Bukiewicz handily defeats Mark Verhalen earning his first full term as Oak Creek mayor," 3 Apr. 2018 Berrada told the aldermen there were only about 30 vacancies in the 8,000 rental units nationwide his operation owned. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 The settlement agreement, approved Monday evening in a 7-0 vote with aldermen Greg Moisio and Lisa May absent, also requires the city to provide training to its police officers based on the facts of Gonzalez’s case. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan rejects apology but agrees to $9.5 million settlement for man cleared by DNA in 1995 rape," 5 July 2018 Needville Voters were asked to select three candidates in a field of six for alderman in the city. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Zimmerman re-elected as Sugar Land mayor," 6 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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