Share this entry

Share this page

mayor

Syllabification: may·or
Pronunciation: /ˈmāər
 
/

Definition of mayor in English:

noun

1The elected head of a city, town, or other municipality.
Example sentences
  • After retirement she was town councillor and deputy mayor and was a member of many local societies.
  • There were several cases where market towns had entered having mayors and town councils.
  • Protesters voted to stay sitting there until the town's Liberal Democrat mayor came to see us.
1.1The titular head of a municipality that is administered by a city manager.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French maire, from the Latin adjective major 'greater', used as a noun in late Latin.

Derivatives

mayoral

1
Pronunciation: /māˈôrəl, ˈmāərəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • I continued to oppose the war during the mayoral election campaign.
  • October 3 is the deadline for naming mayoral candidates for the mayoral elections.
  • Sentimental jewellery was stolen from the home of a Kempston couple while they left their home to vote in the mayoral election.

mayorship

2
noun
Example sentences
  • But his reaction to these provocative acts is being closely scrutinised by the city's secular population, who fear his mayorship, which began on June 3, will lead to a theocratic agenda that threatens to curb their day-to-day activities.
  • It was known that in the final hours of his mayorship, he had generously offered to have New York taxpayers pony up $800 million to build new stadiums for both of the baseball teams, but this had not been a binding deal.
  • During the 4-1/2 years of my mayorship, we never implemented these separations that you are referring to.

Definition of mayor in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words