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

Examples of alderman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents recall only one Black mayor and one Black alderman in the city’s recent history. Arelis R. Hernández, Star Tribune, "Texas police officer antagonized residents of small town prior to shooting," 11 Oct. 2020 Ward seat when the alderman left the City Council: state Rep. Silvana Tabares. Ray Long,, "House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.," 2 Oct. 2020 Republican incumbent Scott Allen of Waukesha faces a challenge from Democrat Aaron Perry, who is a Waukesha alderman. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What to know before you vote in the November 2020 election: What's on the ballot and where and how to vote," 29 Sep. 2020 In a recent debate over extending Branson's mask mandate, one alderman questioned whether a lack of such an order was responsible for drawing more tourists to the Lake of the Ozarks. Kevin Hardy And Laura Bauer Kansas City Star, Star Tribune, "Despite pandemic, business boomed at Lake of the Ozarks," 22 Sep. 2020 Speaking on Jordan’s behalf were his pastor and a local alderman. Robert Klemko, Washington Post, "A police shooting ignited unrest in Kenosha. Current and former officers say the department’s problems with race go much deeper.," 20 Sep. 2020 The indictment also accused Cui, a developer, of hiring Burke’s law firm in exchange for the alderman’s help with a sign permit and financing deal for a project in the Portage Park neighborhood. Jason Meisner,, "Ald. Ed Burke trial could be delayed to 2022 amid pandemic, mountain of evidence to sort through," 2 Sep. 2020 Two at-large alderman positions are also on the ballot. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "What’ll be on the November ballot in La Porte, Deer Park and Shoreacres," 18 Aug. 2020 Under the proposal, two-bedroom units were estimated to cost $1,700 per month — a price one alderman balked at. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Officials want to 'give Franklin a downtown' near Ballpark Commons instead of a large multifamily development," 11 July 2020

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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 26 Oct. 2020.

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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 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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