coun·​cil·​man | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl-mən How to pronounce councilman (audio) \

Definition of councilman

: a member of a council (as of a town or city)

Other Words from councilman

councilmanic \ ˌkau̇n(t)-​səl-​ˈma-​nik How to pronounce councilman (audio) \ adjective

Examples of councilman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his record in politics – as a Raritan councilman, a Somerset County freeholder and a state lawmaker – does not resemble a Trump extremist. Dustin Racioppi, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 At least one councilman in committee, Clorius Lay, D-At large, questioned whether the such substantial raises would be sustainable after the ARPA funding is gone. Carrie Napoleon,, 20 Oct. 2021 The city councilman, who suffers from hypoglycemia, had to be rushed to the hospital for low blood sugar in the middle of a board meeting this January. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Mann, a Cincinnati city councilman, and Pureval, Hamilton County's clerk of courts, won the right to face off in the November election after finishing first and second in the primary election this spring. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 30 July 2021 Also, San Diegans such as Leon Williams, our city’s first Black councilman, our county’s first Black supervisor and a longtime lightning rod for downtown revitalization, who turned 99 on July 21. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2021 The councilman’s longtime aide, Garnell Jamison, also is charged with conspiracy to commit theft from a federal program. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 23 July 2021 Included on the ticket was a candidate for city councilman-at-large, Everard E. Hatch. Kevin Leonard,, 28 May 2021 An Atlanta city councilman – who is aiming to be the city's next mayor – had his car stolen by children in broad daylight Wednesday, according to reports. David Aaro, Fox News, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of councilman

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

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“Councilman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of councilman

: a person (especially a man) who is a member of a council


plural councilmen

Legal Definition of councilman

: a member of a council : councillor

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