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 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
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.