Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of a board of town officers chosen annually in New England communities to manage local affairs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In New England towns, one of a board of officers chosen annually to manage various local concerns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of a board of town officers chosen annually in the New England States to transact the general public business of the town, and have a kind of executive authority. The number is usually from three to seven in each town.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US any of a board of municipal officers elected to manage some New England towns

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an elected member of a board of officials who run New England towns

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Examples

  • Kelly, a two-term selectman in town and former president of the New Hampshire Libertarian Party, wrote the book and had it published.

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  • But the two-term selectman has struggled at one task: paying taxes.

    Reader - MassLive.com

  • But Baker's own experience in the public and private sectors - as a one-term selectman in Swampscott, as the state's top budget official, and as the chief executive of a major health insurer - muddies his critique.

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  • But the two-term selectman has struggled at one task: paying taxes.

    Reader - MassLive.com

  • Four-term selectman Robert E. Wing said he planned on serving a fifth consecutive term on the board or retiring from town politics after Saturday's annual election.

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  • Boston Globe writes before adding, "But Baker's own experience in the public and private sectors -- as a one-term selectman in Swampscott, as the state's top budget official, and as the chief executive of a major health insurer -- muddies his critique.

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  • The most important decision I have been involved in as a selectman was our decision to create the Plainville Redevelopment Authority.

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  • He didn't pick Palin for her education / intellect, he didn't pick her for her experience as a failed car wash owner, her 7 years as mayor (aka selectman) of Wasilla where she used her power to get people fired & told her people not to talk to the media, nor her 2 years of expeience as the governor of Alaska, a state with less than a million people -- and who are benefiting from this energy crisis, while she uses fed dollars to build infrastructure.

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • A friend of mine is a New Hampshire "selectman," one of those municipal offices Tocqueville found so admirable.

    The State Despotic

  • "Barzilla," says Peter, "I jedge that a selectman is a sort of dwarf alderman.

    Cape Cod Stories

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