may·​or ˈmā-ər How to pronounce mayor (audio) ˈmer How to pronounce mayor (audio)
 especially before names  (ˌ)mer
: an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough
mayoral adjective

Examples of mayor in a Sentence

the mayor of New York
Recent Examples on the Web The mayor’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Severino, did not directly answer a question about whether Suarez’s Milo Credit loan was crypto-backed. Tess Riski, Miami Herald, 11 July 2024 Arfa is the first deaf person to serve as a cabinet member in the Mayor's Office and according to the mayor’s office, is the highest-ranking deaf person serving in municipal government nationwide. Doc Louallen, ABC News, 11 July 2024 Phoenix could see a new mayor and three city councilmembers in 2024, but the fiercest competition will be waged over the vacant seat where a new councilmember is guaranteed. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 11 July 2024 Keys, which don’t actually open anything, at least not in Boca, appear to be gifted sporadically and at the sitting mayor’s discretion. Abigail Hasebroock, Sun Sentinel, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for mayor 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'mayor.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near mayor

Cite this Entry

“Mayor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an official elected to act as head of a city or borough
mayoral adjective

Legal Definition


may·​or ˈmā-ər, ˈmer How to pronounce mayor (audio)
: an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough

More from Merriam-Webster on mayor

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!