[mey-er-uh l-tee, mair-uh l-]

noun, plural may·or·al·ties.

the office or tenure of a mayor.

Nearby words

  1. mayor,
  2. mayor of casterbridge, the,
  3. mayor of the palace,
  4. mayor's court,
  5. mayoral,
  6. mayoress,
  7. mayorship,
  8. mayotte,
  9. maypole,
  10. maypop

Origin of mayoralty

1350–1400; mayor + -al1 + -ty2; replacing Middle English mairaltee < Middle French mairalte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mayoralty


noun plural -ties

the office or term of office of a mayor

Word Origin for mayoralty

C14: from Old French mairalté

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Word Origin and History for mayoralty



late 14c., mairaltee "office of a mayor" (mid-15c. as "tenure of a mayor"), from Middle French mairalté, from maire (see mayor) + -alte, as in principalte, reformed in English as -alty.

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