• Man reading Aldermanic scroll
    Man reading Aldermanic scroll
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alderman a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council) "aldermen usually represent city wards"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alderman A senior or superior; a person of rank or dignity.
    • Alderman One of a board or body of municipal officers next in order to the mayor and having a legislative function. They may, in some cases, individually exercise some magisterial and administrative functions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alderman In the Anglo-Saxon period of English history, a title meaning at first simply chieftain or lord, but later used specifically to denote the chief magistrate of a county or group of counties. The office was both civil and military, and was tending to become a great hereditary benefice when it was replaced, under Canute, by the earldom. After this the name was applied to any head man, as the head man of a guild.
    • n alderman Hence In modern usage, a magistrate of a city or borough, next in rank to the mayor. In England and Ireland, besides being a member of the common council, which manages the affairs of the municipality, he is vested with the powers of a police judge. The corresponding title in Scotland is bailie. Aldermen are usually chosen for three years, but the twenty-six aldermen of London are chosen for life. In most of the United States there is in each city an elected board of aldermen, representing wards, who constitute the municipal assembly, or the upper branch of it where it consists of two bodies, and usually also possess some judicial powers. In Pennsylvanian cities the title alderman is given to an officer having duties equivalent to those of a justice of the peace elsewhere.
    • n alderman In England, a half-crown: a meaning explained by Brewer as containing an allusion to the fact that an alderman is a sort of half-king.
    • n alderman A turkey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alderman awl′dėr-man in English and Irish boroughs, a civic dignitary next in rank to the mayor
    • Alderman They are usually chosen for three years; those of London are chosen for life.—The name was assumed incongruously enough for superior members of the county councils set up in England in 1888: in Anglo-Saxon times, the governor of a shire until by Canute displaced by the earl; thenceforward, any head man of a guild
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  • Thomas Somerville
    Thomas Somerville
    “A genius can't be forced; nor can you make an ape an alderman.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. aldormon, ealdorman,; ealdor, an elder + man,. See Elder (n.)


In literature:

Rite in front of me was a corpulent woman, fatter'an a poorpoise, and the wife of a Brooklyn alderman.
"The Bad Boy At Home And His Experiences In Trying To Become An Editor - 1885" by Walter T. Gray
The Scrappy Kid grew up to be a Corrupt Alderman, and gave his Mother plenty of Good Clothes, which she was always afraid to wear.
"Fables in Slang" by George Ade
Major W. W. Alderman was attached as Staff Officer to the Commanding Officer.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Then, thinking of Alderman Crood, he remembered Alderman Crood's niece; her request to him; his promise to her.
"In the Mayor's Parlour" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
The junior alderman immediately set out with one of the four syndics, and the mayor sent to his house to order every thing proper for the festival.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
This was formerly the residence of Alderman Beckford, twice Lord Mayor of London in George III.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
He was a very Alderman in embryo, if there are such things as coloured Aldermen.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
I suppose an alderman is some sort of a very high-up man, isn't he?
"Dorothy's Travels" by Evelyn Raymond
At ten they set out in procession for the Guildhall, where Alderman Cowan was sworn into office; the hall was very full.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
In 1571 he was elected Chief Alderman, and in 1572 he attained what may really be considered as his chief honour.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes

In poetry:

Will Green was a wise young drinker,
Shrank from whiskey or water,
But he made good cheer with headstrong beer,
And married an alderman's daughter.
"The Three Drinkers" by Robert Graves
Then every city ward established a guard,
Diurnal and nocturnal:
Militia volunteers, light dragoons, and bombardiers,
With an alderman for colonel.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Potential aldermanic candidate Katie Nash wants Frederick officials to consider allowing unaffiliated voters -- aka, independents -- to vote in the city's primary.
A former alderman and controversial radio talk show host said he's happy the mother of his radio rival is dead.
The alderman says he found that glue on his door lock in the parking lot outside city hall.
The well-connected score again as the city works out new TIF deals for a former alderman, a wealthy private hospital, and a big car dealer.
The cast is all State students, with the exception of English professor Tim Alderman.
Cassville Alderman Terry Heinz will remain on the city council for another two years.
Hernando Alderman Jeff Hobbs walks the walk, takes the heat at fire training.
She's no James Michael Curley, who was elected a Boston alderman while in jail for fraud and had to take a break as mayor of that city to serve time in the federal pen, again for fraud.
(AP) — A November trial has been scheduled for a Lavaca alderman charged with sexual indecency with a child and harassment.
Russell's political career began as teen candidate for Milwaukee alderman.
Russell ran unsuccessfully for alderman in 1988.
Amsterdam Common Council to be controlled by Democrats after Alderman Joe Isabel switches parties.
Sneed also hears rumbles the feds are very interested in a powerful dem femme, who is not an alderman.
Alderman Sandi Jackson says she plans to keep her job in the Chicago City Council.
Alderman provides money to prevent over night fees at lakefront lots.