Definition of alderman noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    alderman

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɔːldəmən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːldərmən//
     
    (pl. aldermen
    BrE BrE//ˈɔːldəmən//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːldərmən//
     
    )
     
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  1. 1(in England and Wales in the past) a senior member of a town, borough or county council, below the rank of a mayor, chosen by other members of the council
  2. 2(alderwoman, alderwomen
    BrE BrE//ˈɔːldəwɪmɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːldərwɪmɪn//
     
    )
    (in the US, Canada and Australia) an elected member of a town or city council Alderman Tim Evans
  3. Word Origin Old English aldormann (originally in the general sense ‘a man of high rank’), from aldor, ealdor ‘chief, patriarch’ (from ald ‘old’) + man. Later the sense ‘warden of a guild’ arose; then, as the guilds became identified with the ruling municipal body, ‘local magistrate, municipal officer’.
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