noun, plural al·der·men.
- a chief.
- (later) the chief magistrate of a county or group of counties.
- alder fly,
- alder flycatcher,
- alder's anomaly,
- alder, kurt,
Origin of alderman
Examples from the Web for alderman
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.
Rick Munoz, alderman of the 22nd Ward and an active Latino Caucus member, has called Emanuel a "political bully."
Alderman Fowler accused of having sinned in a similar way against Howell.
Truly, if it be not for trade, there is little in common between the mariners of the brigantine and Alderman Van Beverout.The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas|James Fenimore Cooper
He was a very Alderman in embryo, if there are such things as coloured Aldermen.Mystic London:|Charles Maurice Davies
It is said that he lived here in great splendour, as befits a rich merchant who is also an Alderman.For Faith and Freedom|Walter Besant
But, if you can make Alderman Fondlewife of your persuasion, this letter will be needless.The Comedies of William Congreve|William Congreve
noun plural -men
Word Origin for alderman
Old English aldormonn (Mercian), ealdormann (West Saxon) "ruler, prince, chief; chief officer of a shire," from aldor, ealder "patriarch" (comparative of ald "old;" see old) + monn, mann "man" (see man (n.)). A relic of the days when the elders were automatically in charge of the clan or tribe, but already in Old English used for king's viceroys, regardless of age. The word yielded in Old English to eorl, and after the Norman Conquest to count (n.). Meaning "headman of a guild" (early 12c.) passed to "magistrate of a city" (c.1200) as the guilds became identified with municipal government.
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.