se·​lect·​man | \ sə-ˈlek(t)-ˌman How to pronounce selectman (audio) , -ˌlek(t)-ˈman, -ˈlek(t)-mən; ˈsē-ˌlek(t)-ˌman \

Definition of selectman

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web Farmington remained in Republican control and the GOP ousted the Democratic first selectman of Burlington, but largely the Farmington Valley brought good news for Democrats. Don Stacom,, 3 Nov. 2021 David Hajjar, a Norwood selectman, died unexpectedly following a medical emergency at his home Saturday morning, according to a statement from the town., 18 Oct. 2021 The office of the first selectman in Colchester did not have any more information regarding the investigation as of Thursday evening, according to a statement posted to Facebook. Seamus Mcavoy,, 19 Nov. 2021 Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, who was elected as the city’s first mayor in 2017, is working to fend off a challenge from former Framingham selectman Charlie Sisitsky., 2 Nov. 2021 The meeting centered on a debate about a school building project, but rapidly devolved into a yelling match, with residents lobbing personal insults and alleging corruption and criminal wrongdoing by a school principal and town selectman. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 Governor Charlie Baker, himself a resident of Swampscott and former town selectman, has been pushing communities across the state to build more housing near public transit., 26 Sep. 2021 And in Hollis, a longtime Republican selectman resigned last month after being heckled for wearing a mask to a meeting., 15 Oct. 2021 Fred Camillo, the Republican first selectman of Greenwich and a former state representative, criticized those who say the rich are not paying their fair share. Stephen Singer,, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of selectman

1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Selectman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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se·​lect·​man | \ si-ˈlekt-mən, -ˌman How to pronounce selectman (audio) \

Legal Definition of selectman

: 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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