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.

    • ‘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. 1.1 (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.