Middle English a person of high rankfrom Old English ealdormanealdorelder, chief (fromealdoldal-2 in Indo-European roots) manmanman
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Alderman Sentence Examples
An alderman must be a councillor or a person qualified to be a councillor.
Each of the 28 wards has a resident alderman elected by the entire city vote, one-half of the board retiring biennially.
In 1855 Sutton was divided into six wards, with an alderman and three councillors for each.
In the first county council elections for Carnarvonshire he played a strenuous part on the Radical side, and was chosen an alderman; and in 1890, at a by-election for Carnarvon Boroughs, he was returned to parliament by a majority of 18 over a strong Conservative opponent.
The police courts of the City are held at the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor or an alderman sitting as magistrate, and at the Guildhall, where the aldermen preside in rotation.