Definition of alderman
- a chief.
- (later) the chief magistrate of a county or group of counties.
Origin of alderman
usage note for alderman
OTHER WORDS FROM aldermanal·der·man·cy, al·der·man·ship, nounal·der·man·ic [awl-der-man-ik], /ˌɔl dərˈmæn ɪk/, adjectiveun·der·al·der·man, noun, plural un·der·al·der·men.
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How to use alderman in a sentence
Community activists were able to resist these efforts through the early 1990s, but by the 2000s, political leaders, including the community’s alderman, invited pricey new development into the neighborhood, paving the way for rapid change.The Stages of Gentrification, as Told by Restaurant Openings|Vince Dixon|September 30, 2020|Eater
Rather, their sole purpose was to convey information regarding the City’s pandemic response to help the aldermen continue to serve effectively in the field as community-based first responders.
In rejecting the argument, the PAC offered Lightfoot and the city’s lawyers — and maybe certain aldermen as well — a reminder that the City Council is, in fact, Chicago’s legislative branch.
The discussions sometimes went on for more than an hour, with the mayor and other top city officials taking questions and suggestions from aldermen on matters ranging from police strategies to wellness checks for seniors.
Even aldermen have noted — and in some cases boasted — that they saw their primary responsibilities as delivering services in their wards, leaving much of the legislative process in the hands of the executive branch.
Antonio French, a citizen journalist and alderman of the 21st ward in St. Louis, was also detained.Embarrassment, Fear, and Anger: Ferguson's Emotional Whispers|Melissa Leon|August 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A New York alderman once said Petrosino “knocked out more teeth than a dentist.”
Dirk Johnson on the real winners—including an alderman rooting for a weak mayor.
Nobody, that is, except the lawyer who brought the case, Burt Odelson—and, according to whispers at City Hall, Alderman Burke.
It is a new day in Chicago, as one strutting alderman put it.
This was that Alderman Henry Smith whose tomb and effigy are so conspicuous in the parish church.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
They lolled about the fire and ate, till even slim Henry Burns said he felt like an alderman.The Rival Campers|Ruel Perley Smith
The town was divided into five wards, each represented by an alderman, the aldermen alone being eligible for the mayoralty.
"We'll talk of this matter, sir," says Mr. Shum, looking as high and mighty as an alderman.Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush|William Makepeace Thackeray
He was a very Alderman in embryo, if there are such things as coloured Aldermen.Mystic London:|Charles Maurice Davies
British Dictionary definitions for alderman
Derived forms of aldermanaldermanic (ˌɔːldəˈmænɪk), adjectivealdermanry, nounaldermanship, noun
Word Origin for alderman
Cultural definitions for alderman
A member of a city council. Aldermen usually represent city districts, called wards, and work with the mayor to run the city government. Jockeying among aldermen for political influence is often associated with machine politics.