mayor

[ mey-er, mair ]
/ ˈmeɪ ər, mɛər /

noun

the chief executive official, usually elected, of a city, village, or town.
the chief magistrate of a city or borough.

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Origin of mayor

1250–1300; < Medieval Latin major major; replacing Middle English mer, mair < Old French maire

OTHER WORDS FROM mayor

may·or·al, adjectivemay·or·ship, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mayor

mare mayor
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British Dictionary definitions for mayor

mayor
/ (mɛə) /

noun

the chairman and civic head of a municipal corporation in many countriesScottish equivalent: provost

Derived forms of mayor

mayoral, adjectivemayorship, noun

Word Origin for mayor

C13: from Old French maire, from Latin maior greater. See major
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