An elected female member of a municipal council.
- ‘For example, an alderwoman described the leader of the failed attempt to construct a baseball field, in Sequence 9 of table 5, as someone who is ‘politically ignorant and has no clout.’’
- ‘The company courted an African-American alderwoman representing Chicago's West Side, and found her easily seduced.’
- ‘I think I could convince the aldermen - and alderwomen?’
- ‘The head of the Little League group contacted an alderwoman and expected her support.’
- ‘The defeated alderwoman's husband is running for the Liberals here and the incumbent, Hung Pham, was temporarily investigated.’
Mid 16th century (in sense ‘alderman's wife’): from alder- in alderman + woman.