The Alternative English Dictionary: alderman

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alderman etymology From Old English aldormann or ealdormann. See ealdorman. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A member of several municipal legislative bodies in a city or town.
  2. (UK, historical, obsolete slang) A half-crown coin; its value, 30 pence.
    • 1859, J.C. Hotten, A Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words Half-a-crown is known as an {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, {{smallcaps}}, and a {{smallcaps}}; whilst a crown piece, or five shilling, may be called either a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}, or a {{smallcaps}}.
  3. (1811) A roasted turkey. {{only used in}} and alderman hung in chains.
Synonyms: baillie (Scotland)

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