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

  • n. The office of a mayor.
  • n. The term of office of a mayor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The office (or term of office) of a mayor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office, or the term of office, of a mayor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office of a mayor, or the period of his service.

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

  • n. the position of mayor


Middle English mairalte, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French maire, mayor; see mayor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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