selectman

noun

se·​lect·​man sə-ˈlek(t)-ˌman How to pronounce selectman (audio)
-ˌlek(t)-ˈman,
-ˈlek(t)-mən;
ˈsē-ˌlek(t)-ˌman
: one of a board of officials elected in towns of all New England states except Rhode Island to serve as the chief administrative authority of the town

Examples of selectman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mayors and first selectmen rely on that money to balance their budgets, and two key lobbying groups, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and the Council of Small Towns, have both opposed eliminating the car tax that has helped defeat the bill. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 13 June 2024 First Selectman Ryan Curley anticipates the developers will give selectmen a progress update in February. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 15 Jan. 2024 Posted by Town of Holden on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 Lukes later got a message from town selectman Anthony Renzoni, who edited a photo of the middle school’s roadside sign to match the spelling painted on the street. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2023 Ditto for so many town officials, minus the selectman in the bow tie, who’ve shrugged off Johnson’s onslaught to keep issuing permits and licenses. Brian McGrory, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2023 See all Example Sentences for selectman 

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Word History

First Known Use

1635, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of selectman was in 1635

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“Selectman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selectman. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

selectman

noun
se·​lect·​man si-ˈlek(t)-ˌman How to pronounce selectman (audio)
-mən;
-ˌlek(t)-ˈman
: one of a group of town officials elected annually in some of the New England states

Legal Definition

selectman

noun
se·​lect·​man si-ˈlekt-mən, -ˌman How to pronounce selectman (audio)
: one of a board of officials elected in towns of all New England states except Rhode Island to serve as the chief administrative authority of the town
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