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 mayoral (audio) , ˈmer-​əl ; ˌmā-​ˈȯr-​əl How to pronounce mayoral (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mayor in a Sentence

the mayor of New York

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As mayor, Buttigieg has also worked diligently to connect South Bend with Silicon Valley companies. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Does Big Tech Want From Buttigieg?," 9 July 2019 In a 2 minute, 47 second announcement video, Iannarone, said Wheeler had adopted a progressive outlook to win election as mayor and had failed to embody it once in office., "Declaring run for Portland mayor, activist Sarah Iannarone says ‘Ted, your time is up.’," 9 July 2019 As mayor of Atlanta, a city that is 52 percent black, Bottoms is also influential. NBC News, "Black women mayors: A rising force in major American cities," 8 July 2019 But Elicker’s supporters pledge that this year will be different, saying that voters are now tired of Harp’s six-year tenure as mayor. Christopher Keating,, "In a rematch, Mayor Toni Harp faces Justin Elicker in New Haven election," 8 July 2019 Amid the vast Democratic Presidential field, Hickenlooper, who is sixty-seven and served two terms as Colorado’s governor and two as Denver’s mayor, is near the median in terms of age and experience. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "John Hickenlooper’s War on Socialism," 1 July 2019 As mayor of Newark, Booker famously rescued a freezing dog left outdoors in the winter. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "Meet the dogs of the 2020 presidential race," 1 July 2019 As a mayor whose campaign is three months old, current rules don’t allow any transfer of our local accounts to a federal campaign. Wayne Messam, Fortune, "Wayne Messam: Money Kept Me Out of the First Democratic Debate. Will It Keep Me Out of the Second?," 25 June 2019 Environmental efforts were aided with the election of Carl Stokes as mayor in 1967. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "Smoke on the Water: 50 Years After the Cuyahoga Fire," 20 June 2019

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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 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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