Meaning of ealdorman in English:



(also alderman)
  • In Anglo-Saxon England: a man who rules over a large area or a shire, usually subject to the king. Also used as a title placed immediately before (and in Old English also immediately after) a name.

    In Anglo-Saxon England, the word, in its widest sense, denotes a nobleman, of lower rank than a king but higher than a thegn, occasionally of royal birth, exercising authority over an identifiable area or people. The precise political implications of the term changed over time.



/eɪˈaldəmən/ /ˈaldəmən/


Old English. Probably cognate with or formed similarly to Old Frisian aldermon head of a district or town, counsellor of an abbot from the Germanic base of alder + the Germanic base of man.