One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural alderwomenAustralian, North American
An elected female member of a city council.
- ‘The Board of Aldermen's Finance Committee will review a contract for automated trash collection, which could save the city $2.5 million over the next five years according to an alderwoman.’
- ‘The defeated alderwoman's husband is running for the Liberals here and the incumbent was temporarily investigated.’
- ‘The head of the Little League group contacted an alderwoman and expected her support.’
- ‘The alderwoman was speaking not in a spirit of complaint, but rather with an impassioned voice of the necessity of participation in the life of the community if the community is going to thrive.’
- ‘The neighborhood's alderwoman says she hopes to hold a community meeting in October where residents can weigh their options.’
- ‘Critics have included members of the African-American community, including a prominent minister and a former alderwoman who say the mayor has made no effort to improve diversity in key positions.’
- ‘The alderwoman maintained her neutrality at a subsequent meeting with the neighbors.’
- ‘A former city alderwoman who voted against razing the middle school said she continues to be concerned about the project's price tag.’
- ‘An alderwoman described the leader of the failed attempt to construct a baseball field as someone who is 'politically ignorant and has no clout'.’
- ‘She pledged to bring to the state Senate the same accessible style she has shown as an alderwoman.’
Mid 16th century (in sense ‘alderman's wife’): from alder- in alderman + woman.
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