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mayor

[mey-er, mair] /ˈmeɪ ər, mɛər/
noun
1.
the chief executive official, usually elected, of a city, village, or town.
2.
the chief magistrate of a city or borough.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; < Medieval Latin major major; replacing Middle English mer, mair < Old French maire
Related forms
mayoral, adjective
mayorship, noun
Can be confused
mare, mayor.
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British Dictionary definitions for mayorship

mayor

/mɛə/
noun
1.
the chairman and civic head of a municipal corporation in many countries Scottish equivalent provost
Derived Forms
mayoral, adjective
mayorship, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French maire, from Latin maior greater. See major
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Word Origin and History for mayorship
n.

late 15c., from mayor + -ship.

mayor

n.

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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