Definition of mayor in English:



  • 1(in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) the head of a town, borough, or county council, elected by council members and generally having purely ceremonial duties.

    • ‘Sometimes there is a deadlock in a city and district, and regional councils and mayors have to show leadership and give a casting vote.’
    • ‘They also said they had been impressed by the town's mayor and borough leader.’
    • ‘Since then, a succession of mayors, city councils and police chiefs have upheld the policy.’
    • ‘I am sure I will be very happy to discuss that issue, along with many others, with local mayors and council chairs.’
    • ‘They thought it was like London's Lord Mayor or the mayor of their own borough.’
    • ‘Although municipal councillors were elected, mayors were once again nominated by the government.’
    • ‘It's because his photograph that appears in a gallery of former mayors in the town hall council chamber is the only one in colour.’
    • ‘Protesters voted to stay sitting there until the town's Liberal Democrat mayor came to see us.’
    • ‘Also Londoners have the opportunity to vote for a mayor and for members of the London Assembly.’
    • ‘Both the mayor and a member of council concluded last night the community has changed.’
    • ‘Now, mayors are pretty apolitical and do not get angry very often.’
    • ‘There were several cases where market towns had entered having mayors and town councils.’
    • ‘Most cities have a city council of about 30 members and a mayor elected by the people of the city.’
    • ‘Below these are regional government bodies divided into cities and districts led by mayors and councillors.’
    • ‘After retirement she was town councillor and deputy mayor and was a member of many local societies.’
    • ‘He believes he once tapped a vein of inspired eloquence at a state conference of mayors and shire council presidents in Dubbo.’
    • ‘As I said just a few seconds ago, I regularly meet with mayors and councillors.’
    • ‘Executive mayors elected under the new system are paid up to £53,000 a year.’
    • ‘The reason for the difference is this: England has directly elected mayors.’
    • ‘On the local level, the country is divided into forty districts administered by mayors and councils elected by the people.’
    1. 1.1 (in the US, Canada, and certain other countries) the head of a municipal corporation, elected by the public.


Middle English: from Old French maire, from the Latin adjective major ‘greater’, used as a noun in late Latin.