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.

(Al"der*man*cy) n. The office of an alderman.

(Al"der*man"ic) a. Relating to, becoming to, or like, an alderman; characteristic of an alderman.

(Al`der*man"i*ty) n.

1. Aldermen collectively; the body of aldermen.

2. The state of being an alderman. [Jocular]

(Al`der*man*like`) a. Like or suited to an alderman.

(Al"der*man*ly), a. Pertaining to, or like, an alderman.

(Al"der*man*ly), a. Pertaining to, or like, an alderman. "An aldermanly discretion." Swift.

(Al"der*man*ry) n.

1. The district or ward of an alderman.

2. The office or rank of an alderman. [R.] B. Jonson.

(Al"der*man*ship), n. The condition, position, or office of an alderman. Fabyan.

(Al"dern) a. Made of alder.

(Al"der*ney) n. One of a breed of cattle raised in Alderney, one of the Channel Islands. Alderneys are of a dun or tawny color and are often called Jersey cattle. See Jersey, 3.

(Al"dine) a. (Bibliog.) An epithet applied to editions (chiefly of the classics) which proceeded from the press of Aldus Manitius, and his family, of Venice, for the most part in the 16th century and known by the sign of the anchor and the dolphin. The term has also been applied to certain elegant editions of English works.

(Ale) n. [AS. ealu, akin to Icel., Sw., and Dan. öl, Lith. alus a kind of beer, OSlav. olu beer. Cf. Ir. ol drink, drinking.]

1. An intoxicating liquor made from an infusion of malt by fermentation and the addition of a bitter, usually hops.

The word ale, in England and the United States, usually designates a heavier kind of fermented liquor, and the word beer a lighter kind. The word beer is also in common use as the generic name for all malt liquors.

2. A festival in English country places, so called from the liquor drunk. "At wakes and ales." B. Jonson."On ember eves and holy ales." Shak.

(A*leak") adv. & a. [Pref. a- + leak.] In a leaking condition.

(A"le*a*to*ry) a. [L. aleatorius, fr. alea chance, die.] (Law) Depending on some uncertain contingency; as, an aleatory contract. Bouvier.

(Ale"bench`) n. A bench in or before an alehouse. Bunyan.

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