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selectman

[si-lekt-muh n] /sɪˈlɛkt mən/
noun, plural selectmen.
1.
(in most New England states) one of a board of town officers chosen to manage certain public affairs.
Origin of selectman
1625-1635
1625-35, Americanism; select (adj.) + -man
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  • Relections are frequent; one selectman in Brookline, Massachusetts, served nearly forty years.

    Government in the United States James Wilford Garner
  • I never could quite understand why the folks at Wellmouth made me selectman.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If you don't, me and the selectman will have you sued for slander.

  • It's there you may see the selectman your serving-maid inquired for.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • He sat staring above it at the iron visage of the first selectman, who finally grew restive under this espionage.

  • "Mebbe I could git the money for you—ye can borry it of me," suggested the selectman.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • He was by trade a sugar-baker (confectioner), and from 1752 to 1755 was a selectman of Charlestown.

    Tea Leaves Various
  • It was the home of Jared Sparks Grant, the first selectman of the town.

  • The selectman, himself, seemed to get into line during that winter.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
British Dictionary definitions for selectman

selectman

/sɪˈlɛktmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
any of the members of the local boards of most New England towns
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