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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 OriginOld 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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