Middle English Dictionary Entry

alder-man n.
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(a) An ealdorman of Saxon England; (b) a civil, military, or religious leader or dignitary; prince, chieftain, magistrate, elder; (c) one of the elders of the Heavenly City as described in the Apocalypse [Rev.4.4, etc.].
The chief or warden of a guild.
An official having jurisdiction over a municipal ward; a member of the ruling body of a city or borough.