- the chief executive official, usually elected, of a city, village, or town.
- the chief magistrate of a city or borough.
Origin of mayor
Examples from the Web for mayor
“Having been a legislator and a mayor, I particularly enjoy being a chief executive,” he said.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races
January 9, 2015
Vice President Joe Biden spoke, followed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, then Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton.
Earlier, when the mayor spoke, some of the cops had turned their back on the Jumbotron that carried the service to the street.
Even before the shootings, New York policeman were telling the Mayor not to attend their funerals.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
That's how they kept clean, meeting with the mayor one day and affirming no snitching over nonviolence the next.De Blasio and the New York City Protesters Have No Blood on Their Hands
December 22, 2014
Mr. Mayor was therefore informed that the declaration would not be read.Yorkshire Painted And Described
"The clams and scallops shall be ready within the hour," the mayor answered.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"I'll do it, sir," said I to the Mayor, with a manly curtness.
The Mayor's question was replied to by a perfect whirlwind of cheering.
We fear, also, that an English mayor has been known to blunder.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- the chairman and civic head of a municipal corporation in many countriesScottish equivalent: provost
Word Origin and History for mayor
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).