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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Over the past few weeks, Democrats started to form presidential exploratory committees en masse, and rumors circulated that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg had plans to run for president. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Michael Bloomberg Confirms He Will Not Run for President as an Independent," 28 Jan. 2019 Heading into the 2013 race for mayor of New York, there was quite a bit going in Chris Quinn’s favor: Millions of dollars in campaign cash. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "How did ‘likability’ become a thing for women in politics?," 18 Jan. 2019 When New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor appeared alongside an Amazon executive yesterday to announce Amazon’s HQ2 setting up shop in the city, the mood was celebratory. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Politicians and protestors are looking for ways to stop Amazon’s New York HQ2," 14 Nov. 2018 Birthdays: Former New York City mayor David N. Dinkins is 91., "This day in history," 10 July 2018 Stemerman wasn’t about to let Boughton have the last word and reminded the Hat City mayor of his 2014 appearance with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in Danbury in the final throes of the election. Neil Vigdor,, "New Versus Old Money? Millionaires Ned Lamont and David Stemerman In Twitter Brawl," 3 July 2018 The 64-year-old former Mexico City mayor promises to bring his humble lifestyle and distaste for luxury to the top of a political establishment famous for self-enrichment. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 For the mayor, the mushrooming trade tensions are depressingly familiar. Danielle Bochove,, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018 The Republican candidate is Shari McCartney, a former Oakland Park Commissioner who served a turn as the city’s mayor. Anthony Man,, "Northeast Broward is major 2018 Democrat vs. Republican battleground," 23 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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