[si-lekt-muh n]

Origin of selectman

1625–35, Americanism; select (adj.) + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of selectman

Historical Examples of selectman

  • I never could quite understand why the folks at Wellmouth made me selectman.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He was by trade a sugar-baker (confectioner), and from 1752 to 1755 was a selectman of Charlestown.

    Tea Leaves


  • It's there you may see the selectman your serving-maid inquired for.

    The Panchronicon

    Harold Steele Mackaye

  • Jethro's be'n first Selectman ever sense, though he turned Republican in '60.

    Coniston, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • "Mebbe I could git the money for you—ye can borry it of me," suggested the selectman.

    The Mission of Janice Day

    Helen Beecher Long

British Dictionary definitions for selectman


noun plural -men
  1. any of the members of the local boards of most New England towns
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