noun, plural al·der·men.
- a chief.
- (later) the chief magistrate of a county or group of counties.
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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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Example sentences from the Web for alderman
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
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.
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.
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
British Dictionary definitions for alderman
noun plural -men
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.