Definition of selectman in US English:


nounPlural selectmen

  • A member of the local government board of a New England town.

    • ‘In 1843 Levi Suydam, a 23-year-old resident of Salisbury, Connecticut, asked the town's board of selectmen to allow him to vote as a Whig in a hotly contested local election.’
    • ‘The idea began when two planning board members attended a workshop on local initiatives, and was endorsed by the three selectmen in open meeting.’
    • ‘I was elected by my town to the board of selectmen.’
    • ‘Thomas Wilmore, too, was boarded out by the selectmen of the town.’
    • ‘The vagueness of the selectmen's assessment of whether or not to continue with the present workhouse or build another one closer to the center of town might indicate that the house had infrequent or sporadic use as a workhouse.’
    • ‘Larger towns cannot only rely on amateur selectmen to do the work required and they employ professional town managers to help them.’
    • ‘One of the most prominent men in the town, Ware was a member of the school committee, the board of selectmen, and the state legislature.’
    • ‘Local law prohibited late-night loitering on that hallowed ground, but on the evening of the demonstration the town's selectmen scheduled a meeting to decide whether the rule would be enforced.’
    • ‘In April 1692, he was elected a Salem Town selectman.’
    • ‘In 1991 after inspection by the state, the selectmen ordered it to be closed due to deterioration of timber members and deformation of timber arches.’