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)

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

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Borges, who said Alban was a personal friend, said the councilman who represented a district in the Caracas area was a family man and devout Catholic who would never kill himself. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuelan opposition denies jailed politician took own life," 8 Oct. 2018 Machine politics took a beating in Pennsylvania Wednesday as federal prosecutors filed a 116-count indictment against a Philadelphia city councilman and his pals at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Philadelphia’s Union Indictments," 30 Jan. 2019 The 33-year-old worked for Kenney almost his entire adult life, starting as an intern for the then-councilman and eventually becoming his deputy mayor of labor. Holly Otterbein,, "Rich Lazer to return to Kenney administration | Clout," 25 May 2018 The name most frequently leaked since last year has been Rio de Janeiro councilman Marcello Siciliano, who has been accused of ties to paramilitary groups, called militias, that control large swaths of western Rio de Janeiro. Sergio Ramalho, The Seattle Times, "Sister of slain Brazilian councilwoman calls for justice," 14 Jan. 2019 Shudick was the Ward 5 Merrillville councilman at the time. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Democratic trustee faces challenge in Ross Township," 27 Apr. 2018 Randall tries yet again to get the city councilman to repair the rec center, reminding him that a lot of residents are counting on him. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Recap: Jack and an Adult Kate Appeared Together for the First Time and It Was Emotional," 10 Oct. 2018 Bullock, the Baltimore City councilman, also acknowledged that requiring council oversight before hiring a police chief doesn’t fix everything. Talia Richman,, "Should the Anne Arundel County Council get to approve the county executive's pick for police chief?," 3 July 2018 City Council member Joe Jones and former councilman Zack Reed accused the district of backing off its earlier plans to build a new Whitney Young school for Whitney Young students. Patrick O'donnell,, "Cleveland's plan to merge Whitney Young gifted school with others angers students, residents," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of councilman

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of councilman

US : 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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