[ mey-er-is, mair-is ]

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

  2. the wife of a mayor.

Origin of mayoress

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

usage note For mayoress

See -ess.

Words Nearby mayoress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mayoress in a sentence

  • The mayoress had elaborately worked up this speech, which, in her opinion, showed strong judgment.

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

  • But, unfortunately, the mayoress of Middleton was deafish, so that he could not even shock her with his epigrams.

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  • The mayoress added ecstatically: 'You can imagine him sitting at the door of his tent, talking with the angels.'

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  • Mrs. Bignold, the mayoress, and Mrs. Preston presented the banners amid great applause.

British Dictionary definitions for mayoress


/ (ˈmɛərɪs) /

  1. mainly British the wife of a mayor

  2. a female mayor

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