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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun historical The steward of some royal courts, particularly in early Medieval France

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

  • noun the head of a city government

Etymologies

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

[Middle English maire, from Old French, from Medieval Latin māior, from Latin, greater, superior; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]

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