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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MA'YOR, n. [L. miror.] The chief magistrate of a city, who, in London and York, is called lord mayor. The mayor of a city, in America, is the chief judge of the city court, and is assisted, in some cases at least, by two or more aldermen. To the lord mayor of London belong several courts of judicature, as the hustings, court of requests, and court of common council.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the head of a city government [syn: mayor, city manager]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English maire, from Anglo-French, from Latin major greater more at major Date: 14th century an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough mayoral adjective

Britannica Concise

Political leader of a municipal corporation. Mayors are either appointed or elected for a limited term. In Europe until the mid-19th cent., most mayors were appointed by the central government; in France, they are still agents of the central government. In the U.S., they are either directly elected by the populace or chosen by an elected council. Some fulfill only ceremonial functions, executive power being held by a professional manager hired by the legislature. A mayor's powers may include the power to make appointments, veto legislation, administer budgets, and manage administrative functions. See also city government.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the head of the municipal corporation of a city or borough. 2 (in England, Wales, and N. Ireland) the head of a district council with the status of a borough. Derivatives: mayoral adj. mayorship n. Etymology: ME f. OF maire f. L (as MAJOR)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Mayor May"or, n. [OE. maire, F. maire, fr. L. major greater, higher, nobler, compar. of magnus great; cf. Sp. mayor. See Major, and cf. Merino.] The chief magistrate of a city or borough; the chief officer of a municipal corporation. In some American cities there is a city court of which the major is chief judge.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(mayors) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. The mayor of a town or city is the person who has been elected to represent it for a fixed period of time or, in some places, to run its government. N-COUNT: oft the N of n

Moby Thesaurus

alderman, archon, bailie, burghermaster, burgomaster, cabinet member, cabinet minister, chancellor, city councilman, city father, city manager, commissar, commissioner, councillor, councilman, councilwoman, county commissioner, county supervisor, elder, headman, induna, legislator, lord mayor, magistrate, maire, minister, minister of state, portreeve, reeve, secretary, secretary of state, selectman, supervisor, syndic, undersecretary, warden

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