alderman definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old English ealdorman, chief, prince ; from eald, old plush man, man
alderman definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun Abbr. Ald.
- 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: Middle 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.
- alˈder·man·cy noun
- alˌder·manˈic adjective
alderman - Cultural Definition
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.