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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Khairullah fled Syria in 1980, became a U.S. citizen in 2000 and a year later became a councilman in Prospect Park, which has a population of about 6,000. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Muslim N.J. mayor questioned at airport for three hours, had phone taken by border patrol agents," 16 Sep. 2019 The developer proposing a 35-story residential tower in the Museum District was denied a building variance from the city of Houston amid opposition from nearby residents and a city councilman. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Residential tower proposed for Museum District stalls," 30 Aug. 2019 Prosecutor charges councilman Curry's office took a different approach when former City-County Council member Jeff Miller was charged in 2017 with three felony counts of child molesting. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "How crimes involving public officials are handled, from judges' shooting to Dan Forestal," 18 Aug. 2019 Chao, Paul and councilman Jon Willey did not return a request for comment. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Cupertino planning commissioner called out for alleged pattern of harassment," 11 Aug. 2019 Locally, Cleveland councilman Basheer Jones and The Rev. Otis Moss Jr. are graduates of the Atlanta college. Marc Bona,, "Why is the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic important?," 31 Aug. 2019 Former New Windsor mayor and councilman Sam Pierce is being remembered as someone who cared deeply about the town’s history and its people. Akira Kyles,, "New Windsor mourns passing of Sam Pierce, former mayor and councilman," 28 Aug. 2019 The council voted 5-1 in favor of the plan, with councilman Kurt P. Cavanaugh as the lone dissenting vote. Peter Marteka,, "Marriott AC Hotel approved as Glastonbury’s third hotel," 7 Aug. 2019 His did this as a city councilman, as a congressman, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate and now for president. Dallas News, "Beto O'Rourke's mother has this to say about her son's White House ambitions," 28 July 2019

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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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