a member of a municipal legislative body, especially of a municipal council.
(in England) one of the members, chosen by the elected councilors, in a borough or county council.
Early English History.
(later) the chief magistrate of a county or group of counties.
Northern U.S. Slang. a pot belly.
These influences are frequently referred to in aldermanic documents.
History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I Myers Gustavus
It sounds to me more like the menu of an aldermanic banquet.
A Chinese Command Harry Collingwood
These things dwell longer in our memories than does the aldermanic banquet.
Household Organization Florence Caddy
But Dan with such capital back of him as well as his aldermanic power was sure to get the contracts.
One Way Out William Carleton
He is a heeler for one of the most notorious of the aldermanic gang.
Chicago, Satan’s Sanctum L. O. Curon
In the state of nature every man lives as he wishes,—he is not pestered with police regulations and aldermanic ordinances.
Philosophy and The Social Problem Will Durant
What aldermanic man would risk the chance of seeing himself in the mirror?
Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
From this sunny side of aldermanic life we turn to some verse sent to us by a loving grandpa from the pen of Miss Elsie Rae.
Belford’s Magazine, Vol II, No. 10, March 1889 Various
The first is that which makes its appearance at aldermanic feasts.
In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
Men happily married make money, cultivate content, and evolve an aldermanic front; but love and poetry are symptoms of unrest.
Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14) Elbert Hubbard
noun (pl) -men
(in England and Wales until 1974) one of the senior members of a local council, elected by other councillors
(in the US, Canada, Australia, etc) a member of the governing body of a municipality
(history) a variant spelling of ealdorman
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.
the district, office, or rank of an alderman. Historical Examples He purchased the aldermanry of this ward, as by the abstract of deeds, which I have read thereof, may appear. The Survey of London John Stow Under the circumstances it was deemed best to keep the aldermanry open until Wilkes regained his liberty. London and […]
noun a village in S England, in West Berkshire unitary authority, Berkshire, SW of Reading: site of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment and starting point of the Aldermaston marches (1958–63), organized by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Pop: 927 (2001) Historical Examples A schoolmaster named Wheeler, of aldermaston (Berks), raised it about 1770. The Book […]
one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. 3 sq. mi. (8 sq. km). any of several breeds of cattle raised originally in the Channel Islands, as the Jersey or Guernsey. Historical Examples In the year 1814 several of the chief smuggling merchants at Alderney left that notorious island and settled at Cherbourg. King’s […]
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