coun·​cil·​man ˈkau̇n(t)-səl-mən How to pronounce councilman (audio)
: a member of a council (as of a town or city)
councilmanic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Peter Svarzbein, the son of immigrants and the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, is a visual artist, curator and former two-term El Paso city councilman. Peter Svarzbein, CNN, 13 Feb. 2023 Gregory Mascera, the lawyer for neighbor Gordon Lawshe, a former city councilman, did not respond to a request for comment early Tuesday. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2023 Rouse, a former Virginia Beach councilman and NFL player, had campaigned significantly on the issue. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 11 Jan. 2023 At a holiday event later that evening in Lincoln Heights, De León was confronted by a group of protesters, who later posted a video on social media showing the councilman shoving one of the demonstrators into a table and pushing him into a hallway. Liam Dillonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2022 Frisch, a former Aspen city councilman who did far better in the red district than he was expected to, has already conceded the race to Boebert, a first-term congresswoman. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 2 Dec. 2022 In the Colorado contest, Ms. Boebert led challenger Adam Frisch, a former Aspen city councilman, by about 1,000 votes. WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Barker was also a husband, father and former Keller city councilman. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 14 Nov. 2022 Throughout the campaign, Frisch, a former city councilman, had downplayed his party affiliation in the conservative-leaning district, according to CBS News Colorado. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of councilman was circa 1637

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“Councilman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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coun·​cil·​man ˈkau̇n(t)-səl-mən How to pronounce councilman (audio)
: a member of a council (as of a town or city)

Legal Definition


plural councilmen
: a member of a council : councillor

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