coun·​cil·​wom·​an | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl-ˌwu̇-mən \

Definition of councilwoman

: a woman who is a member of a council

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Justus, a first-term councilwoman and former Missouri senator, enjoys popularity in her district that covers parts of Brookside, midtown, downtown and portions of Briarcliff in the Northland. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Ripple effects from Kander's candidacy felt down KC ballot as two drop council bids," 25 June 2018 James, currently New York City public advocate, is a former Brooklyn councilwoman and public defender. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "With Letitia James' Primary Win, New York Could See Its First Black Female Attorney General," 14 Sep. 2018 OREGON Jo Ann Hardesty and Loretta Smith This year, the Portland City Council will finally have an African-American councilwoman. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Also that month, Marielle Franco, a black councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro, was shot to death in March along with her driver after attending an event. Fox News, "Stabbing of a leading Brazilian candidate could reshape race," 7 Sep. 2018 Karem said four seats at the gala were used by the councilwoman, her son, daughter and nephew and the other seats were occupied by constituents. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Investigation continues into Derby spending by Metro Council Democrat," 21 June 2018 Three councilwomen – Ragen Hatcher, D-at large; Carolyn Rogers, D-4th, and LaVetta Sparks-Wade, D-6th – voted against the move. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary dismisses library board appointee," 6 Apr. 2018 In 2016, after a city councilwoman criticized Hartford’s police, Foley launched a social media campaign aimed at highlighting the good deeds that officers had done in the community. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Deputy Chief, Face Of City Police, Will Retire," 16 May 2018 Armed men gunned the councilwoman down in her car in the center of the city with nine shots—four to the head. Kiratiana Freelon, The Root, "‘Genocide of Black People’: The Killing of Afro-Brazilians by Police Is an Injustice Marielle Franco Was Fighting to End," 26 Apr. 2018

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circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of councilwoman

US : a woman who is a member of a council


plural councilwomen

Legal Definition of councilwoman

: a woman who is a member of a council

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