- in some U.S. cities, a member of the municipal council, usually representing a certain district or ward
- in England and Wales before 1974, a senior member of a local council
- Anglo-Saxon History the chief officer in a shire; ealdorman
Origin of aldermanMiddle English ; from Old English ealdorman, chief, prince ; from eald, old + man, man
- A member of the municipal legislative body in a town or city in many jurisdictions.
- A member of the higher branch of the municipal or borough council in England and Ireland before 1974.
- a. A noble of high rank or authority in Anglo-Saxon England.b. The chief officer of a shire in Anglo-Saxon England.
Origin of aldermanMiddle English, a person of high rank, from Old English ealdorman : ealdor, elder, chief (from eald, old; see al-2 in Indo-European roots) + man, man; see man.
From Old English aldormann or ealdormann.