[mey-er, mair]


the chief executive official, usually elected, of a city, village, or town.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mayorship

Contemporary Examples of mayorship

  • As 25,000 public-school teachers stage a walkout in Chicago, Emanuel is facing the first major trauma of his mayorship.

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    Rahm Emanuel Up Against a Teacher’s Strike

    James Warren

    September 10, 2012

  • If Rahm Emanuel's newly-launched campaign for Chicago's mayorship fails, it won't be because of carpetbagging or his foul mouth.

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    Rahm's Toughest Hurdle

    Dirk Johnson

    October 2, 2010

Historical Examples of mayorship

British Dictionary definitions for mayorship



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 mayorship

late 15c., from mayor + -ship.



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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