may·or | \ ˈmā-ər , ˈmer , especially before names (ˌ)mer \

Definition of mayor 

: an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough

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mayoral \ˈmā-ə-rəl, ˈmer-əl; ˌmā-ˈȯr-əl \ adjective

Examples of mayor in a Sentence

the mayor of New York

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The mayor said a local businessman used connections on the mainland to ship generators to Yabucoa. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 During her speech, the mayor said hosting the convention would show the world that Charlotte is inclusive and welcomes all political viewpoints. Steve Harrison And Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Why did council Democrats wait to oppose RNC? An inside look at Charlotte’s bid.," 13 July 2018 There wasn't enough money to keep the clinics open, the mayor said. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Poverty / Race Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future," 13 July 2018 The mayor said that would cost more than $1.2 billion, The New York Post reported. New York Times, "Senator Does a U-Turn on Speed Cameras in School Zones," 12 July 2018 The mayor said in the letter that both versions failed to properly define and regulate lobbying, as well as create a proper enforcement mechanism. Milton J. Valencia,, "Walsh vetoes city lobbying rules, calling proposal ‘inadequate’," 12 July 2018 The entire meeting lasted only an hour, the mayor said, explaining that the NCAA has strict rules to keep the process fair for all competing cities. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio delegation seeks a return of the NCAA’s Final Four tournament," 11 July 2018 Valenzuela and Gallego will soon resign Councilman Daniel Valenzuela and Councilwoman Kate Gallego announced their intent to run for mayor in the weeks following Stanton's October announcement. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix City Hall shake-up: What happens when Valenzuela, Gallego resign?," 10 July 2018 The mayor of Wasilla, Bert Cottle, has said residents were tired of seeing the bags littering the roadways. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Somebody’s got to do it.’ Anchorage Assembly members consider banning plastic shopping bags," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of mayor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mayor

Middle English maire, from Anglo-French, from Latin major greater — more at major

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English Language Learners Definition of mayor

: 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


may·or | \ ˈmā-ər \

Kids Definition of mayor

: an official elected to serve as head of a city, town, or borough


may·or | \ ˈmā-ər, ˈmer \

Legal Definition of mayor 

: an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough

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