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.
Rick Munoz, alderman of the 22nd Ward and an active Latino Caucus member, has called Emanuel a “political bully.”
Rahm vs. the Left Adam Doster October 4, 2010
A New York alderman once said Petrosino “knocked out more teeth than a dentist.”
Who Really Murdered Joe Petrosino? Barbie Latza Nadeau June 23, 2014
William Singer, a former Chicago alderman, can vividly recall anti-Semitic taunts during his bid for mayor in 1975.
Rahm’s Toughest Hurdle Dirk Johnson October 1, 2010
Antonio French, a citizen journalist and alderman of the 21st ward in St. Louis, was also detained.
Embarrassment, Fear, and Anger: Ferguson’s Emotional Whispers Melissa Leon August 13, 2014
Dirk Johnson on the real winners—including an alderman rooting for a weak mayor.
Rahm’s Pain, Whose Gain? Dirk Johnson January 23, 2011
“Mr. Waterbury is a gentleman of veracity,” said alderman Morris sharply.
The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
“Thou art a good-hearted lad,” said the alderman with a hand on his shoulder.
The Armourer’s Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
As elsewhere, the presidency was assigned to an alderman and twelve councillors.
The Hansa Towns Helen Zimmern
Now, when the alderman saw that strange round thing at his threshold he was afraid.
Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
It was endowed in 1895, partly from certain moneys left by alderman Dauntsey who flourished in the fifteenth century.
Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
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.
a member of a municipal legislative body, especially of a municipal council. noun a politically correct term for a male or female elected or appointed representative to a municipal legislative body Examples Who is the alderperson for the Fourth District? Usage Note politics
a city in NE Hampshire, in S England, SW of London. a large military training center there. Historical Examples The council of military education was largely the work of the Prince, as also was the formation of the Aldershot camp. Social Transformations of the Victorian Age T. H. S. (Thomas Hay Sweet) Escott Aldershot was […]
a woman who is a member of a municipal legislative body, especially of a municipal council.
- Alder’s anomaly
alder’s anomaly Alder’s anomaly Al·der’s anomaly (äl’dərz) n. Coarse azurophilic granulation of white blood cells, especially granulocytes.