mayor

[mey-er, mair]
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noun
  1. the chief executive official, usually elected, of a city, village, or town.
  2. 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
Related formsmay·or·al, adjectivemay·or·ship, noun
Can be confusedmare mayor
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mayor

noun
  1. the chairman and civic head of a municipal corporation in many countriesScottish equivalent: provost
Derived Formsmayoral, adjectivemayorship, noun

Word Origin for mayor

C13: from Old French maire, from Latin maior greater. See major
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Word Origin and History for mayor
n.

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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