noun \ˈmā-ər, ˈmer, especially before names (ˌ)mer\

: an official who is elected to be the head of the government of a city or town

: a British official who represents a city or borough at public events

Full Definition of MAYOR

:  an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough
may·or·al \ˈmā-ə-rəl, ˈmer-əl; ˌmā-ˈr-əl\ adjective

Examples of MAYOR

  1. the mayor of New York

Origin of MAYOR

Middle English maire, from Anglo-French, from Latin major greater — more at major
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Political leader of a municipal corporation. Mayors are either appointed or elected for a limited term. In Europe until the mid-19th century, most mayors were appointed by the central government; in France, they are still agents of the central government. In the U.S., they are either directly elected by the populace or chosen by an elected council. Some fulfill only ceremonial functions, executive power being held by a professional manager hired by the legislature. A mayor's powers may include the power to make appointments, veto legislation, administer budgets, and manage administrative functions. See also city government.


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