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Definition a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council) in some towns and cities in the U.S., Canada and Australia
  • aldermen usually represent city wards
  • Mary Whitney said she [Mrs. Parkinson] ought to have been the Alderman herself, as she was the better man.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • alderman = a member of a municipal legislative body (as a city council) in some towns and cities in the U.S., Canada and Australia
  • 'That is very true,' says Mr. Alderman, and turning to the fellow that stopped me, he asked him if it was true that I knocked with my foot?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Every man, from the Tammany alderman to the Austrian house-painter, finds that he is entitled to his opinion.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • A puritan may go to his brown-bread crust with as gross an appetite as ever an alderman to his turtle.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • ] [Enter the LORD MAYOR, ALDERMEN, and Citizens.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • I asked him again now, but he was leaning on the counter in his shirt-sleeves having a deep goster with Alderman Cowley.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • High times indeed, if whaling captains were wheeled about the water on castors like gouty old aldermen in patent chairs.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Do you know that Alderman Wilson, the man who says such damning things about us, has a father who is an Anglican clergyman?
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • "What's this, Henchard," said Alderman Tubber, applying his thumb to the corn-factor like a cheese-taster.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The aldermen of the city give a fete on the third of October.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It reminded me of something I had read in my youth about the ingenious way in which the aldermen of London raised the money that built the Mansion House.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Of course a fellow has got to start in modestly, but I may say, sotto voce, that I expect to run for alderman next fall.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • One onlooker was a former alderman, James H. Hildreth.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • "A fool by right of descent," answered the Jester; "I am Wamba, the son of Witless, who was the son of Weatherbrain, who was the son of an Alderman."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • You remember, Ed, you, too, Mac—the boys was going to nominate me for Alderman.
    Eugene O'Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • On one occasion recently a local aldermanic junket had been arranged to visit Philadelphia—a junket that was to last ten days.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • An alderman about to be mayor must by-and-by enlarge his dinner-parties, but at present there were plenty of guests at his well-spread table.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • When the next generation, with its more modern ideas, became mayors and aldermen, this arrangement created some little dissatisfaction.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • One might bring one's self to announce aldermen and burgomasters, but a hosier was too much.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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