alderman

noun
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

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Other Words from alderman

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

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For example, Smart City technology might strive to eliminate the need to call up your alderman to complain that the streets aren't getting plowed. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 2018 But what mayor or alderman would want to be associated for life with the demolition of such a treasured and unique beauty? Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Uptown Theatre will be restored: $75 million plan unveiled for grand palace on North Side," 28 June 2018 The mayor and aldermen recognized a number of people and organizations for accomplishment and special events. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "City recognitions show Aurora's diversity," 13 June 2018 Aurora aldermen have approved an office, warehouse and distribution building in the West Corporate Center on the northeast side of Aurora. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council approves final part of West Corporate Center," 13 July 2018 Several aldermen said that ward-level opposition to developments with affordable housing hurt the whole city. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "News / Housing Lost battle on affordable housing means war on aldermanic prerogative will continue," 26 June 2018 Vrdolyak managed to win re-election as chairman of the party by getting all the whites (except for a few liberals) to vote for him, while the black aldermen voted for Stroger. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics Chairwoman Preckwinkle's Machine takeover a far cry from days of Fast Eddie," 19 Apr. 2018 In other action Tuesday, aldermen voted without opposition to sell land near the Metra Rock Island line commuter train station, adjacent to a Starbucks and ATI Physical Therapy facility at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue. Gregory Tejeda, Daily Southtown, "Oak Forest to spend nearly $100k to help fix 'eyesore' strip mall on 159th Street," 13 June 2018 However, aldermen voted unanimously to send it back to the Economic Development Committee for discussion rather than consider a vote. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Concerns raised about proposed Yorkville solar farm: 'It is way to close to our residents'," 25 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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alderman

noun

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

alderman

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

Kids Definition of alderman

: a member of a lawmaking body in a city

alderman

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

Legal Definition of alderman

: a member of a city legislative body

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