Selectman
Selectman Se*lect"man, n.; pl. {Selectmen}. One of a board of town officers chosen annually in the New England States to transact the general public business of the town, and have a kind of executive authority. The number is usually from three to seven in each town. [1913 Webster]

The system of delegated town action was then, perhaps, the same which was defined in an ``order made in 1635 by the inhabitants of Charlestown at a full meeting for the government of the town, by selectmen;'' the name presently extended throughout New England to municipal governors. --Palfrey. [1913 Webster]


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  • selectman — se·lect·man /si lekt mən, ˌman/ n: one of a board of officials elected in towns of all New England states except Rhode Island to serve as the chief administrative authority of the town Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • selectman — ☆ selectman [sə lekt′mən; ] locally, also [ sē′lekt man΄ ] n. pl. selectmen [sə lekt′mən; ] locally, also [, sə lekt′men΄] [ SELECT + MAN] any of a board of officers elected in most New England towns to manage municipal affairs …   English World dictionary

  • selectman — noun Date: 1635 one of a board of officials elected in towns of all New England states except Rhode Island to serve as the chief administrative authority of the town …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • selectman — /si lekt meuhn/, n., pl. selectmen. (in most New England states) one of a board of town officers chosen to manage certain public affairs. [1625 35, Amer.; SELECT (adj.) + MAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • selectman — noun any of a board of municipal officers elected to manage some New England towns …   Wiktionary

  • selectman — Synonyms and related words: alderman, archon, bailie, burghermaster, burgomaster, cabinet member, cabinet minister, chancellor, city councilman, city father, city manager, commissar, commissioner, councillor, councilman, councilwoman, county… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • selectman — se lect·man || sɪ lektmÉ™n n. elected member of a town council, elected member of the administrative council of a town (in New England) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • selectman — noun (plural selectmen) a member of the local government board of a New England town …   English new terms dictionary

  • selectman — se·lect·man …   English syllables

  • selectman — se•lect•man [[t]sɪˈlɛkt mən[/t]] n. pl. men gov (in most New England states) one of a board of town officers chosen to manage certain public affairs • Etymology: 1625–35 …   From formal English to slang

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