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 (sĭ-lĕkt′măn′, -mən)
One of a board of town officers chosen in New England communities to manage local affairs.


n, pl -men
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any of the members of the local boards of most New England towns


(sɪˈlɛkt mən)

n., pl. -men.
(in most New England states) one of a board of town officers chosen to manage certain public affairs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.selectman - an elected member of a board of officials who run New England towns
board of selectmen - a board of officials elected to administer the public business of a New England town
elected official - official who won the office in a free election


n pl <-men> (US) → Stadtrat m, → Stadträtin f
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As the nobleman of cultivated taste surrounds himself with whatever conduces to his culture -- genius -- learning -- wit -- books -- paintings -- statuary -- music -- philosophical instruments, and the like; so let the village do -- not stop short at a pedagogue, a parson, a sexton, a parish library, and three selectmen, because our Pilgrim forefathers got through a cold winter once on a bleak rock with these.
The deacons of many a church have drunk the communion wine with me; the selectmen of divers towns make me their chairman; and a majority of the Great and General Court are firm supporters of my interest.
Haven't you got any selectmen, or anybody, to interfere and look after such matters?
However, as the request of the selectmen, I condescended to make some such statement as this in writing: "Know all men by these presents, that I, Henry Thoreau, do not wish to be regarded as a member of any society which I have not joined.
Did the thing, I am still wondering; Set up how or when, By what selectmen, Gourgas or Lee, Clark or Darby?
STERLING -- Selectmen are two votes away from finalizing both the special and annual town meeting votes for May 4.
WEST BOYLSTON -- With the new year underway, selectmen on Jan.
Anthony Renzoni, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, called Mr.
RUTLAND -- Selectmen have been waiting to hire a town administrator for some time.
MILLBURY -- A week after selectmen voted to schedule a special town meeting to consider a home-rule petition to allow special police officers to work beyond age 65, they reversed themselves at a meeting Tuesday.
UXBRIDGE -- Selectmen decided Monday not to change the policy they adopted in December 2011 allowing remote participation, despite recent complaints about former Selectman Joseph Frisk's high absentee rate from meetings.
EAST BROOKFIELD -- If residents of town want to establish a Historical Society, they may do so on their own, according to selectmen.