may·​or | \ ˈmā-ər How to pronounce mayor (audio) , ˈmer How to pronounce mayor (audio) , 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 How to pronounce mayor (audio) , ˈmer-​əl ; ˌmā-​ˈȯr-​əl How to pronounce mayor (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mayor in a Sentence

the mayor of New York
Recent Examples on the Web After waging a successful write-in campaign for another term as mayor of tiny Mettawa in Lake County, Casey Urlacher seems to be eyeing higher office. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: After Trump pardon, Casey Urlacher eyeing state Senate run? | Inside ex-Ald. Danny Solis’ deal with feds | Dorothy Brown leading new Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard’s transition team," 7 May 2021 When Walsh, as mayor, faced off against challenger Tito Jackson four years later, the city’s firefighters and police patrolmen unions endorsed the incumbent., "In a crowded, diverse mayoral field, where does Marty Walsh’s base go?," 7 May 2021 Bottoms has had to deal with a series of challenges as mayor, including the 2020 police shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside a Wendy's that led to city and nationwide protests. Editors, USA TODAY, "Atlanta mayor to speak, April jobs report, US-Mexico meeting: 5 things to know Friday," 7 May 2021 My municipal government involvement includes 18 years as a councilman and the past 12 years as mayor., "New Windsor election: Mayoral, council candidates make case for votes," 6 May 2021 Last Saturday, Ron Nirenberg won a third term as mayor of San Antonio with more than 92,000 votes. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: Fix SAPD lost the election battle, but may end up winning the war," 5 May 2021 Allegations of poor design and construction on the subway line emerged soon after the Ebrard left office as mayor. Star Tribune, "Overpass collapse on Mexico City metro kills at least 24," 4 May 2021 As the city’s mayor, Blakespear has the authority to select the candidates and the council then votes on whether to approve her recommendations. Barbara Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Eight selected to serve on Encinitas Equity Committee," 3 May 2021 Bao resigned from her council seat, Place 7, to seek election as mayor. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "John Muns defeats Lily Bao for Plano mayor, two council seats headed to runoff election," 3 May 2021

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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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The first known use of mayor was in the 14th century

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10 May 2021

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“Mayor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce mayor (audio) \

Kids Definition of mayor

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


may·​or | \ ˈmā-ər, ˈmer How to pronounce mayor (audio) \

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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