- the chief executive official, usually elected, of a city, village, or town.
- the chief magistrate of a city or borough.
Origin of mayor
1250–1300; < Medieval Latin major major; replacing Middle English mer, mair < Old French maire
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Examples from the Web for mayorship
As 25,000 public-school teachers stage a walkout in Chicago, Emanuel is facing the first major trauma of his mayorship.Rahm Emanuel Up Against a Teacher’s Strike
September 10, 2012
If Rahm Emanuel's newly-launched campaign for Chicago's mayorship fails, it won't be because of carpetbagging or his foul mouth.Rahm's Toughest Hurdle
October 2, 2010
- the chairman and civic head of a municipal corporation in many countriesScottish equivalent: provost
C13: from Old French maire, from Latin maior greater. See major
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Word Origin and History for mayorship
c.1300, from Old French maire "head of a city or town government" (13c.), originally "greater, superior" (adj.), from Latin maior, major, comparative of magnus "great" (see magnum).
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