Meaning of “mayor” in the English Dictionary

"mayor" in British English

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mayornoun [ C ]

uk /meər/ us /mer/

B2 a person who is elected or chosen to lead the group who governs a town or city


  • The prime minister met many civic leaders, including the mayor and the leaders of the immigrant communities.
  • We need a mayor who is tough enough to clean up this town.
  • The mayor has promised to cleanse the city of drug dealers .
  • The mayor and the city council are anxious to avoid getting entangled in the controversy.
  • They were flattered to be invited to dinner by the mayor.
adjective uk /ˈmeə.rəl/ us /ˈmeɪ.ɔːr.əl/

mayoral duties

(Definition of “mayor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mayor" in American English

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mayornoun [ C ]

us /ˈmeɪ·ər/

the elected leader of a city or town:

adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈmeɪ·ə·rəl/

mayoral elections

(Definition of “mayor” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)