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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The winner of the Istanbul mayor’s race is still uncertain after two weeks of counting and recounting, opening up the possibility of a tense legal tussle in a megalopolis polarized over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Tension Rises Over Disputed Istanbul Vote Count," 14 Apr. 2019 The decision to implement a potentially costly program will rest on the shoulders of another mayor. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Chicago sets up universal income task force as city seeks ways to tackle poverty," 12 Sep. 2018 Burgess, citing his involvement with the search committee and the nearness of the mayor’s final decision, declined an interview request for this story. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "For candidate Carmen Best, ‘nothing more important to me than being chief in Seattle’," 12 July 2018 Mr Rauner, by contrast, followed the mantra of Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel: never let a good crisis go to waste. The Economist, "Bruce Rauner discovers bipartisanship," 5 July 2018 Snyder's criticisms of the mayor have soothed in recent weeks. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Joe Hogsett backs off call for change to panel that reinstated officers who shot Aaron Bailey," 28 June 2018 The mayor of South Bend, Ind., and his husband, Chasten, reported an adjusted gross income of $152,643 in 2018 and paid $20,136 for an effective tax rate of 13%. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Pete Buttigieg Releases Tax Returns," 30 Apr. 2019 The mayor and other supporters will raise funds for mailers and other campaign materials through the Progress for KC political committee. Bill Turque And Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "James launches campaign for sales tax hike to fund pre-K," 3 July 2018 Nine governors and almost 3,000 mayors and local legislators will also be chosen. Nacha Cattan,, "Mexico Heads to Polls With Leftist on Brink of Historic Victory," 1 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 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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