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[mey-er-uh l-tee, mair-uh l-]
noun, plural may·or·al·ties.
  1. the office or tenure of a mayor.
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Origin of mayoralty

1350–1400; mayor + -al1 + -ty2; replacing Middle English mairaltee < Middle French mairalte
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noun plural -ties
  1. the office or term of office of a mayor
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Word Origin

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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