One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘Protesters voted to stay sitting there until the town's Liberal Democrat mayor came to see us.’
- ‘They also said they had been impressed by the town's mayor and borough leader.’
- ‘Sometimes there is a deadlock in a city and district, and regional councils and mayors have to show leadership and give a casting vote.’
- ‘Although municipal councillors were elected, mayors were once again nominated by the government.’
- ‘After retirement she was town councillor and deputy mayor and was a member of many local societies.’
- ‘Both the mayor and a member of council concluded last night the community has changed.’
- ‘Since then, a succession of mayors, city councils and police chiefs have upheld the policy.’
- ‘Most cities have a city council of about 30 members and a mayor elected by the people of the city.’
- ‘There were several cases where market towns had entered having mayors and town councils.’
- ‘Now, mayors are pretty apolitical and do not get angry very often.’
- ‘They thought it was like London's Lord Mayor or the mayor of their own borough.’
- ‘Also Londoners have the opportunity to vote for a mayor and for members of the London Assembly.’
- ‘The reason for the difference is this: England has directly elected mayors.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Below these are regional government bodies divided into cities and districts led by mayors and councillors.’
- ‘I am sure I will be very happy to discuss that issue, along with many others, with local mayors and council chairs.’
- ‘Executive mayors elected under the new system are paid up to £53,000 a year.’
- ‘On the local level, the country is divided into forty districts administered by mayors and councils elected by the people.’
- 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.
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