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

Example Sentences

the mayor of New York
Recent Examples on the Web According to the mayor, one doctor, pulled from the rubble, suffered burns but is in a stable condition. Yulia Drozd, ABC News, 23 Nov. 2022 And a chunk of that influx comes from one place: Brampton, Ontario, a city of nearly 700,000 people that is 30 minutes west of downtown Toronto and, according to its mayor, is the country’s most diverse big city. James Wagner, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 The previous Friday, October 21, also in Connecticut, Stamford High School was notified at 8:55 a.m. of an active shooter threat, according to Lauren Meyer, special assistant to Stamford’s mayor. Nicki Brown, CNN, 19 Nov. 2022 Becker, a City Council member, conceded in a late-afternoon text message to the mayor, Gillmor said. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Nov. 2022 Blackburn’s elevation to mayor leaves two years remaining in his District 2 City Council seat. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2022 Ukraine's communications watchdog said national TV and radio broadcasts had resumed in the city, and an adviser to Kherson's mayor said humanitarian aid and supplies had begun to arrive from the neighboring Mykolaiv region. Hanna Arhirova, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2022 Constant attributed the impetus for his proposal to the mayor’s refusal to follow the legal budget. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Nov. 2022 Bass’ strategists insisted for months that her path to the mayor’s office fit with the post’s history and demographic trends. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Mayor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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

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