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or eal·der·man

[awl-der-muh n]
noun, plural eal·dor·men. Obsolete.
  1. alderman.
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Examples from the Web for ealdorman

Historical Examples

  • The government of the Ealdorman may not have been less effective than that of the King.

    The Growth of the English Constitution

    Edward A. Freeman

  • The ealdorman may have contracted a dubious or a morganatic marriage.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • These are the ealdorman or earl, and the scirgerefa or sheriff.

  • The ealdorman was taxed, might and main, to protect his own lands.

    The Ward of King Canute

    Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

  • "I will not rise without your blessing, nevertheless," said the ealdorman.

    King Alfred's Viking

    Charles W. Whistler

British Dictionary definitions for ealdorman


noun plural -men
  1. an official of Anglo-Saxon England, appointed by the king, who was responsible for law, order, and justice in his shire and for leading his local fyrd in battle
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Word Origin

Old English ealdor lord + man
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