coun·​cil·​wom·​an | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce councilwoman (audio) \

Definition of councilwoman

: a woman who is a member of a council

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And last year, a Rio de Janeiro councilwoman named Marielle Franco—who came from the Maré neighborhood, located near the international airport—was assassinated. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019 The incident happened during an Oct. 5 budget retreat, after the combative Republican councilwoman was angered about being gavelled down by her son, Councilman Dan Roach, who was running the meeting. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Pam Roach drops F-bomb on her son at Pierce County Council meeting," 10 Oct. 2018 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

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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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