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
Recent Examples on the Web Hospital admissions for people with COVID-19 are down to 59 from 78 as of May 11, the mayor said. NBC News, "Photo: Argentine Congress holds virtual session," 14 May 2020 Of those who are still sick, 67 are hospitalized, 36 are in intensive care and 27 are using ventilators, the mayor said. Scott Huddleston,, "COVID-19 cases in Bexar County inch closer to 2,000; one more person dies in nursing home," 13 May 2020 The timeline to apply is short to allocate emergency relief quickly, the mayor said. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Mesa earmarks $20M to help small businesses get through the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how to apply," 12 May 2020 The mayor said the latest gift will help the city continue to provide PPE to businesses and others who need it. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Construction projects resume, bringing historic rehabs and affordable housing to Detroit," 7 May 2020 Baroni and Kelly's scheme was intended to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, a Democrat, for not endorsing Christie's re-election. TheWeek, "Supreme Court unanimously tosses out convictions in New Jersey 'Bridgegate' case," 7 May 2020 As the mayor of Helena, Arkansas, Smith registered the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic in early March, during a business trip to Washington, DC. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "One US town weathered floods, a tornado, and its first Covid-19 death on the same day," 4 May 2020 Priority will still be given to people with symptoms, such as a fever, cough and shortness of breath, the mayor said. Time, "LA to Offer Free Coronavirus Testing to All Residents Regardless of Symptoms, Mayor Says," 30 Apr. 2020 Denver • 42 [Coronavirus really hit me] the day the mayor of Denver said no in-house dining in restaurants. Washington Post, "10 lives, interrupted," 30 Apr. 2020

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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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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mayor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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