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[si-lekt-muh n] /sɪˈlɛkt mən/
noun, plural selectmen.
(in most New England states) one of a board of town officers chosen to manage certain public affairs.
Origin of selectman
1625-35, Americanism; select (adj.) + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I never could quite understand why the folks at Wellmouth made me selectman.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was by trade a sugar-baker (confectioner), and from 1752 to 1755 was a selectman of Charlestown.

    Tea Leaves Various
  • It's there you may see the selectman your serving-maid inquired for.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • Jethro's be'n first selectman ever sense, though he turned Republican in '60.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • "Mebbe I could git the money for you—ye can borry it of me," suggested the selectman.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • It was the home of Jared Sparks Grant, the first selectman of the town.

  • The selectman stepped close to the carriage and brandished his gun.

  • He advanced close to the selectman, waggling admonitory forefinger.

  • The selectman sat gloomily, elbows squared on his knees, and waited.

British Dictionary definitions for selectman


noun (pl) -men
any of the members of the local boards of most New England towns
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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