alderman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English alderman, aldermon, from Old English ealdorman, ealdormann, from ealdor (elder, parent, chief, prince, author) + mann (man). See ealdorman.

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  • Hyphenation: al‧der‧man

Noun[edit]

alderman (plural aldermen)

  1. A member of a municipal legislative body in a city or town.
  2. (Britain, historical, obsolete slang) A half-crown coin; its value, 30 pence.
  3. A long pipe for smoking.
    • 1843, John William Carleton, The Sporting Review (volume 10, page 419)
      In one part of Cockaigne an amalgamation of these two last has lately taken place; and the pleasure experienced by the parishioners of Walbrook is unbounded when smoking an alderman and churchwarden.
  4. (US, slang) a potbelly, paunch.
    • 1934, James T. Farrell, The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, ch. 13:
      He'd exercise, get the fat off, because if he let it go, he'd have too much on and maybe make his heart worse, and you looked like hell with an alderman. … And she wouldn't want a guy who stuck out in front like a balloon.

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French[edit]

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From English

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alderman m (plural aldermans)

  1. alderman

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alderman m

  1. alderman

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  • West Frisian: âlderman