[mey-er, mair] /ˈmeɪ ər, mɛər/

the chief executive official, usually elected, of a city, village, or town.
the chief magistrate of a city or borough.
the chairman and civic head of a municipal corporation in many countries Scottish equivalent provost

late 15c., from mayor + -ship.

c.1300, from Old French maire “head of a city or town government” (13c.), originally “greater, superior” (adj.), from Latin maior, major, comparative of magnus “great” (see magnum).


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