selectman

noun
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 Simsbury Republican Cheryl Cook lost her bid for first selectman, according to unofficial results, which did not include absentee ballots. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Republicans retain top seat in Farmington; Eric Wellman re-elected as Simsbury first selectman," 5 Nov. 2019 The mural is dedicated to the memory of Jean Gasper, former first selectman and library director. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 11 Dec. 2019 Jim Marpe, the town’s Republican first selectman, said during the special meeting last week. Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, ProPublica, "This Lawyer Fought Housing Segregation. Now Wealthy Suburbanites Want to Fire His Firm.," 25 Sep. 2019 Voters also returned incumbent selectmen Edward Watson (730 votes) and Michael Woods (722) for the two available seats. Linda Greenstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Groveland voters say no to senior center," 9 May 2018 The attorney general’s office said Dixville Notch needs a moderator, town clerk, two selectmen, two elections supervisors and a ballot clerk to hold its own election. Washington Post, "Tiny Dixville Notch may have to forfeit midnight voting," 23 Dec. 2019 But one of the five residents who was a selectman moved away, creating a vacancy. Washington Post, "Tiny Dixville Notch may have to forfeit midnight voting," 23 Dec. 2019 Town selectmen voted Monday to accept the agreement but expressed frustration at the fine and permit requirement. BostonGlobe.com, "YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental officials have fined a town $75,000 for building a seawall without a permit.," 8 Nov. 2019 While in Simsbury, voters reelected First Selectman Eric Wellman and sent three Republicans and three Democrats to the board of selectmen. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Republicans retain top seat in Farmington; Eric Wellman re-elected as Simsbury first selectman," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of selectman

1635, in the meaning defined above

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“Selectman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selectman. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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selectman

noun
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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