city father
noun Date: 1843 a member (as an alderman or councilman) of the governing body of a city

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • city father — ☆ city father n. any of the important officials of a city, as a councilman or alderman …   English World dictionary

  • city father — noun an important municipal official • Hypernyms: ↑official, ↑functionary * * * noun, pl ⋯ thers [count] somewhat old fashioned : someone who works for a city government usually plural The city fathers have banned smoking in public places. * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • City father — The term city fathers (or Stadtväter) is used to mean two things: firstly (and most commonly), it denotes a member of a municipal council over a city. Secondly, it can signify the Founding Fathers of the city. Founding City fathers have usually… …   Wikipedia

  • city father — Synonyms and related words: MP, Member of Congress, Member of Parliament, alderman, archon, assemblyman, bailie, burghermaster, burgomaster, cabinet member, cabinet minister, chancellor, chosen freeholder, city councilman, city manager, commissar …   Moby Thesaurus

  • city father — any of the officials or prominent citizens of a city. [1835 45, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • city father — one of the founders of a city …   English contemporary dictionary

  • city father — noun a person concerned with the administration of a city …   English new terms dictionary

  • city father — noun (countable usually plural) old use a member of the group of people who govern a city …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • city father — cit′y fa′ther n. gov any of the officials or prominent citizens of a city • Etymology: 1835–45, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • city father — /sɪti ˈfaðə/ (say sitee fahdhuh) noun one of the officials and prominent citizens of a city …   Australian English dictionary

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