- a member of a municipal legislative body, especially of a municipal council.
- (in England) one of the members, chosen by the elected councilors, in a borough or county council.
- Early English History.
- a chief.
- (later) the chief magistrate of a county or group of counties.
- Northern U.S. Slang. a pot belly.
Origin of alderman
Examples from the Web for aldermanic
Historical Examples of aldermanic
The first is that which makes its appearance at aldermanic feasts.In the Wilds of Florida
It sounds to me more like the menu of an aldermanic banquet.A Chinese Command
He is a heeler for one of the most notorious of the aldermanic gang.Chicago, Satan's Sanctum
L. O. Curon
These things dwell longer in our memories than does the aldermanic banquet.Household Organization
Who pays, is a fact buried in the arcana of aldermanic legerdemain.Afloat And Ashore
James Fenimore Cooper
- (in England and Wales until 1974) one of the senior members of a local council, elected by other councillors
- (in the US, Canada, Australia, etc) a member of the governing body of a municipality
- history a variant spelling of ealdorman
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.