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[koun-suh l-muh n] /ˈkaʊn səl mən/
noun, plural councilmen.
a member of a council, especially the local legislative body of a city.
Origin of councilman
First recorded in 1650-60; council + man1
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[koun-suh l-man-ik] /ˌkaʊn səlˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • My father is a councilman, and he told us all about the last meeting.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • But if you can run across a councilman out of City Hall you can say what you wish.


    Ernest Vincent Wright
  • The councilman of the Great Selina patted him on the shoulder.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • "He presented it to the city as a gift," replied the councilman.

  • Chalkfield was the councilman who had succeeded to the Mayoralty in the preceding November.

British Dictionary definitions for councilman


noun (pl) -men
(mainly US) a member of a council, esp of a town or city; councillor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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