mayor

noun
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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Other Words from mayor

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

Examples of mayor in a Sentence

the mayor of New York
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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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“Mayor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mayor. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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mayor

noun

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

mayor

noun
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

mayor

noun
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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