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[mey-er-is, mair-is] /ˈmeɪ ər ɪs, ˈmɛər ɪs/
a woman who is the chief executive official of a city, village, or town.
the wife of a mayor.
Origin of mayoress
late Middle English
1400-50; mayor + -ess; replacing late Middle English meyresse
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The mayor, who was flanked by his mayoress, got out and came round to the portico on the garden side.

    Sons of the Soil Honore de Balzac
  • By the by, Tantie, do you know the Mayor and mayoress are coming to the concert?

  • "This vulgarity is too much," said Lady Gorgon, rising; and Mrs. mayoress and the ladies of the party did so too.

    The Bedford-Row Conspiracy William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And a mayoress is not safe from the visits of royalty itself.

  • Mrs. Bignold, the mayoress, and Mrs. Preston presented the banners amid great applause.

  • Then he pushed the gas-bracket so that the light came through the large crystal sphere, and made the mayoress blink.

  • "As if she meant to eat the man," the mayoress said afterwards, in the shadow of that threatened roof.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • On this hint, the missionary stepped forward with alacrity, and led Mrs. mayoress after Mary Wallace, with the utmost courtesy.

    Satanstoe James Fenimore Cooper
  • But, unfortunately, the mayoress of Middleton was deafish, so that he could not even shock her with his epigrams.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • The mayoress brightened; the doctoress (assisting at the conference) brightened; the landlady nodded significantly.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for mayoress


(mainly Brit) the wife of a mayor
a female mayor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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