[mey-er-is, mair-is]


a woman who is the chief executive official of a city, village, or town.
the wife of a mayor.

Origin of mayoress

1400–50; mayor + -ess; replacing late Middle English meyresse

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mayoress

Historical Examples of mayoress

  • “No, I pass not upon that,” said the Mayoress; which meant, that she did not fancy it.

    The King's Daughters

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • The figures of the mayoress and a train of lovely maidens then passed by.


    Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger

  • The mayoress had presented me with the bouquet he was holding for me.

    The Following of the Star

    Florence L. Barclay

  • By the by, Tantie, do you know the Mayor and Mayoress are coming to the concert?

  • And a Mayoress is not safe from the visits of royalty itself.

British Dictionary definitions for mayoress



mainly British the wife of a mayor
a female mayor
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