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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alderman  \Al"der*man\  ([add]l"d[~e]r*man),  n.;  pl  {Aldermen}. 
  [AS.  aldormon  ealdorman;  ealdor  an  elder  +  man.  See  {Elder}, 
  n.] 
  1.  A  senior  or  superior;  a  person  of  rank  or  dignity.  [Obs.] 
 
  Note:  The  title  was  applied,  among  the  Anglo-Saxons,  to 
  princes,  dukes,  earls,  senators,  and  presiding 
  magistrates;  also  to  archbishops  and  bishops,  implying 
  superior  wisdom  or  authority.  Thus  Ethelstan  duke  of 
  the  East-Anglians,  was  called  Alderman  of  all  England; 
  and  there  were  aldermen  of  cities,  counties,  and 
  castles,  who  had  jurisdiction  within  their  respective 
  districts. 
 
  3.  One  of  a  board  or  body  of  municipal  officers  next  in  order 
  to  the  mayor  and  having  a  legislative  function.  They  may 
  in  some  cases,  individually  exercise  some  magisterial  and 
  administrative  functions. 




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