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

Examples of councilman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, the councilman was behind the Elijah Cummings Healing Act, which created a Trauma-Informed Care Task Force meant to train city employees on how to lessen the impact of trauma while performing their jobs. Phillip Jackson,, "With Baltimore close to the 300-homicide mark again, leaders mull new approaches amid some signs of improvement," 20 Nov. 2020 Brad Lander, the councilman whose district includes most of the area around the canal, said that the rezoning plans emphasize light manufacturing and the arts, despite a focus on new residential development. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways," 19 Nov. 2020 The councilman had several conversations not only about contributions, but about how to split them up to draw less attention. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, "'People want to invest in a winning endeavor right?' Indictment: 5 things P.G. Sittenfeld said," 19 Nov. 2020 First elected in 2011, the Democratic councilman was the presumptive front-runner in next year's mayoral election, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Third Cincinnati City Council member arrested on bribery charges," 19 Nov. 2020 Zone, during the caucus meeting, praised her leadership and her efforts to work with him as the councilman. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council selects leader of Detroit Shoreway non-profit to replace Councilman Matt Zone," 18 Nov. 2020 State and local Republican Party leaders called for the councilman to resign immediately. Sharon Coolidge, USA TODAY, "FBI arrests Cincinnati councilman after undercover agents reveal 'brazen' bribery scheme, feds say," 10 Nov. 2020 The councilman touted his work pushing for new limits on donations from real estate developers, building affordable housing and providing help to renters in need. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, "Nithya Raman inspires progressives as she holds significant lead in L.A. council race," 4 Nov. 2020 Her latest campaign ad includes footage of her standing side-by-side with the former councilman. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: VIA board chair is treasurer for candidate who opposes public-transit proposition," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of councilman

circa 1637, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of councilman was circa 1637

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23 Nov 2020

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“Councilman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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