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

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Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar recently proposed legislation that would provide 1,000 families with a $500 monthly stipend-- no questions asked. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Chicago could soon test universal basic income program," 17 July 2018 Bunch’s list begins with Mary M. Poorman as Ward A alderman from 1973-75 and mayor pro tem in 1974. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "City Council members Stockdick, Corte make history in Katy," 17 June 2019 Haverhill also elected Socialist city councilors and aldermen and sent two Socialists to the State House. Phil Primack,, "Guess which Massachusetts town elected the nation’s first socialist mayor," 14 June 2019 True disaster would only come the next year, in a local alderman’s race. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019 Lynn Florian, 8th, questioned why a new committee — code revisions, appeals and negotiations — is being chaired by the mayor instead of an alderman. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Waukegan mayor takes over committee that oversees development of ordinances," 9 June 2019 At the same time, aldermen approved extending two lines of credit totaling $10 million at two local banks that will help the city pay for the incentive, as well as other incentives the city has agreed to as part of other redevelopment projects. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "City Council OKs incentive to bring restaurant to Aurora," 3 June 2019 Milwaukee's Common Council was so impressed, aldermen unanimously approved making the campaign an official city program. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Before Parkland, these 10 Milwaukee high school seniors were already talking school safety," 23 Mar. 2018 The mayor quickly set a special council meeting for Friday to approve the deal—so ha, ha, ha to you, aldermen. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Clout City / Politics Why did Carlos Ramirez-Rosa get kicked out of the City Council’s Latino Caucus?," 24 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 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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