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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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 Nearby are flowers with handwritten messages, and sprayed on grimy walls are scores of colorful tributes to the dead councilwoman. Samantha Pearson And Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Killing of Woman Who Gave Voice to Rio’s Poor Jars a Divided Brazil," 25 Mar. 2018 NewsOakland councilwoman renews bid to divert funds to private job... Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Oakland city politics: Running against Desley Brooks? You may run a risk," 22 June 2018 No one voted against the transfers, but councilwoman Ragen Hatcher, D-at large, was not present for the vote. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary approves budget transfers for recycling, computer software," 6 June 2018

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circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of councilwoman

: a woman who is a member of a council


plural councilwomen

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: a woman who is a member of a council

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