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’s office did not respond to a request for comment. Washington Post, "Rio city council votes against opening impeachment of mayor," 12 July 2018 Vince Champion, the Southeast Regional Director of the police union, said the mayor’s office wouldn’t hire an attorney for a police officer accused of wrongdoing. Dan Klepal, ajc, "Atlanta judge spends lavishly on gifts, stationery and party invites," 11 July 2018 The licensing fee for cats is $10, or $5 if neutered, according to the mayor’s office. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary mayor eyes improved fee collection to help city's finances," 11 July 2018 Asked about the figures, the mayor’s enforcement office said that 20% of all notices of violations issued since 2016 have been to one- and two-family homes, mostly in response to complaints, a total of about 1,399 violations forabout 257 homes. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Homeowners Face More Fines as NYC Cracks Down on Short-Term Rentals," 10 July 2018 The mayor’s office, the CTA, and the city’s Department of Transportation on Monday unveiled the design for the new station, which will fill in the 1.5 mile gap between the existing Green Line stations at California and Ashland avenues. Mary Wisniewski,, "City releases design of new Damen Green Line CTA station," 9 July 2018 But this year, the City Council raised the amount set aside for the program beyond what the mayor’s office had originally proposed, which was $8 million. New York Times, "New York’s Emergency Food Program Gets More Funding, but Will It Be Enough?," 8 July 2018 López Obrador left the mayor’s office early to run for president in 2006. David Agren, USA TODAY, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador is likely to be Mexico's next president. Who is he?," 29 June 2018 Through a partnership with the Los Angeles mayor’s office, its students have analyzed data, then created visualizations of where crime is most affecting the city. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Cities Are Watching You—Urban Sciences Graduates Watch Back," 25 June 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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