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

  • n. The head of government of a city, town, borough, or municipal corporation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The leader of a city, or a municipality, sometimes just a figurehead and sometimes a powerful position. In some countries, the mayor is elected by the citizens or by the city council.
  • n. The steward of some royal courts, particularly in early Medieval France

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chief magistrate of a city or borough; the chief administrative officer of a municipal corporation. In some American cities there is a city court of which the major is chief judge. The post is usually elective, its holder chosen by the electorate of the entire city.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The principal officer of a municipality; the chief magistrate of a city or borough.

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

  • n. the head of a city government


Middle English maire, from Old French, from Medieval Latin māior, from Latin, greater, superior; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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