|—n , pl -men|
|1.||(in England and Wales until 1974) one of the senior members of a local council, elected by other councillors|
|2.||(in the US, Canada, Australia, etc) a member of the governing body of a municipality|
|3.||history a variant spelling of ealdorman|
|[Old English aldormann, from ealdor chief (comparative of eald|
A member of a city council. Aldermen usually represent city districts, called wards, and work with the mayor to run the city government. Jockeying among aldermen for political influence is often associated with machine politics.