from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the municipal legislative body in a town or city in many jurisdictions.
- n. A member of the higher branch of the municipal or borough council in England and Ireland before 1974.
- n. A noble of high rank or authority in Anglo-Saxon England.
- n. The chief officer of a shire in Anglo-Saxon England.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of several municipal legislative bodies in a city or town.
- n. A roasted turkey, called an alderman in chains or an alderman hung in chains if garnished with sausages. (1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue)
- n. A man's potbelly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A senior or superior; a person of rank or dignity.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Hence In modern usage, a magistrate of a city or borough, next in rank to the mayor.
- n. 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. A turkey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council)
- One term alderman: From what I know, I don't actually think a one term alderman has won the mayoral seat ... yet.
Or how about the special consessions given to a certain alderman and his buddies for a ROLL ON THE RIVER.
The first-term alderman also publicly challenged Daley -- an act of political courage as rare a dodo bird -- by opposing the Chicago Children's Museum location in Grant Park.
If your kid needs a job, or you get a speeding ticket, or the building inspector is hassling you, you call the alderman or state senator and you get help.
The presiding officer was usually known as the alderman, while the names given to other officials, such as stewards, deans, bailiffs, chaplains, skevins, and ushers, and the duties they performed, varied greatly from time to time.
Bede, as well as from all the ancient historians, that comes in Latin, alderman in Saxon, and earl in Dano-Saxon, were quite synonymous.
The April 6 mayor's race is a rematch from two years ago when incumbent Thomas Zepecki defeated Richard Raduenz, a former three-term alderman, by a 2-to-1 margin.
Colon, the first-term alderman from the 35th Ward.
If she prevails in November, as Democrats have for the last 40 years, the five-term alderman from the South Side will face a government that has long evaded serious attempts at reform.
Preckwinkle, the former high school history teacher and current five-term alderman whose ward includes the home of