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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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 As the ranking Democrat on the City Council, Hyde was selected by his fellow aldermen to succeed Drew in February of that year, and Hyde went on to win a special election in early 2003 to fill the remainder of Drew's term. Emily Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "'Everyone knew his love for Waukegan': City mourns former Mayor Richard Hyde," 5 Apr. 2018 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,, "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

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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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