eal·​dor·​man ˈal-dər-mən How to pronounce ealdorman (audio)
: the chief officer in a district (such as a shire) in Anglo-Saxon England

Word History


Old English — more at alderman

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ealdorman was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ealdorman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ealdorman. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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