Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Lat. An aider-man, q. v.
    —Aldermannns civitatis vel burgi. Alderman of a city or borough, from which the modem office or alderman has been derived. T. Raym. 435, 487.
    —Aldermannns comitatus. The alderman of the county. According to Spelman, he held an office intermediate between that of an earl and a sheriff. According to other authorities, he was the same as the earl. 1 Bl. Comm. 116.
    —Aldermannns hnndredi sen wapentaehii. Alderman of a hundred or wapentake. Spelman.
    —Aldermannns regis. Alderman of the king. So called, either because he received his appointment from the king or because he gave the judgment of the king in the premises allotted to him.
    —Alderman's totins Angliæ. Alderman of all England. An officer among the Anglo-Saxons, supposed by Spelman to be the same with the chief justiciary of England in later times. Spelman.