coun·​cil·​man | \ˈkau̇n(t)-səl-mən \

Definition of councilman 

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

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councilmanic \ˌkau̇n(t)-​səl-​ˈma-​nik \ adjective

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The next day, a Washington, D.C., councilman set up a GoFundMe page for Jamal, with a goal of raising $5,000, according to ABC News. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "A High School Football Star Wasn't Allowed to Play Because He Was Homeless. But Now He's Back on the Field," 2 Oct. 2018 The two sides have also had some summit meetings, and the local city councilman has toured the street. Claudia Vargas,, "'Nightmare on Monroe Street': A tiny Queen Village block's six-year feud with the Philly Water Department," 6 July 2018 The repeal initiative — a constitutional amendment proposed by San Diego talk radio host and Republican former councilman Carl DeMaio —is backed by Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox and taxpayer advocates. Amy Taxin, The Seattle Times, "Initiative seeks to repeal California’s gasoline tax hike," 8 Oct. 2018 The councilman said the Glassman administration has emphasized the awards process is competitive — organizations must apply for the grants through a process overseen by the county’s Office of Community & Economic Development. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford councilman challenges awarding of county tourism grants," 7 June 2018 Mike Gordy and Robert Byrne, both current city councilmen, are unopposed. Mihir Zaveri, Houston Chronicle, "Voters head to polls Saturday for council, school, bond elections," 30 Apr. 2018 By the end of an hourlong Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee meeting, three Republican councilmen asked to co-sponsor the proposal, which had been spearheaded by Council President Stephen Clay, a Democrat, and four others in his caucus. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Why the Indianapolis police chief says the city needs a witness protection program," 18 Jan. 2018 Three — councilmen John Grasso, R-Glen Burnie, Michael Peroutka, R-Millersville, and Derek Fink, R-Pasadena — voted against it. Talia Richman,, "Anne Arundel County Council eyes proposals to limit executive's appointment power," 3 July 2018 Kuiper was a three-term Lowell town councilman, representative to the Lake County Solid Waste District, active in the Democratic Party, and former state representative candidate. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Former Lowell councilman seeking County Council seat," 27 June 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

: 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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