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.
Words nearby alderman
Example sentences from the Web for aldermanic
But ill luck still pursues him; he becomes excessively fat, and gains a belly of most aldermanic proportions.
Viewed thus, the aldermanic system is lifted from insignificance to rank as a vital question of municipal government.
“I have a proposal to make,” exclaimed an aldermanic old rat, sitting up on the top of a chest.Dick Cheveley|W. H. G. Kingston
The very topography of Pittsburgh has influenced the growth of aldermanic litigation.
You do not see any great banker nor merchant wearing the aldermanic gown.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for aldermanic
noun plural -men
Derived forms of aldermanaldermanic (ˌɔːldəˈmænɪk), adjectivealdermanry, nounaldermanship, noun
Word Origin for alderman
Cultural definitions for aldermanic
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.