from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman serving as the head of government of a city, town, borough, or municipal corporation. See Usage Note at -ess.
  • n. The wife of a mayor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rarely used term used for a female mayor or the wife of a male mayor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The wife of a mayor.
  • n. A woman who is mayor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wife of a mayor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the wife of a mayor
  • n. a woman mayor


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  • For at Rome it is enough that words should change, and not deeds, just as if I said, a procuress was to be called a mayoress, yet may remain as good as she is now.

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  • The flamboyant mayoress has courted controversy ever since because of her reported taste for the high life.

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  • The mayoress brightened; the doctoress (assisting at the conference) brightened; the landlady nodded significantly.


  • At Haddington road corner two sanded women halted themselves, an umbrella and a bag in which eleven cockles rolled to view with wonder the lord mayor and lady mayoress without his golden chain.


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