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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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 Doc’’ Melcher was elected to alderman in Forsyth, the seat of Rosebud County, and later served as mayor. Matt Volz,, "John Melcher, 93; Montana Democrat sought compromises in Senate," 13 Apr. 2018 Moreno says there will be in-depth briefing sessions for aldermen in the next few weeks, and the council will vote on the ordinance in March or April. John Greenfield, Chicago Reader, "Is it time to bring point-to-point car share to Chicago?," 23 Jan. 2018 Hopkins, Smith and a third North Side alderman — Scott Waguespack, 32nd — are part of a group that has advocated for the city to create the park. Ryan Ori,, "General Iron to sell North Side land site, move out in 2020," 13 July 2018 Aurora aldermen want to take a closer look at a plan to use ComEd poles for the expansion of the city’s fiber optic network. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council wants more study of using ComEd poles to expand fiber optic network," 11 July 2018 Carlozzi said he is disappointed that some Republican aldermen appear to want favoritism for one of New Britain’s many community programs. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Britain GOP, Democrats Square Off Over Aid Programs," 30 June 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


al·der·man | \ ˈȯl-dər-mən \

Legal Definition of alderman 

: a member of a city legislative body

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