mayor

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Circa 1300; from Middle English maire, from Old French maire (head of a city or town government) (13th century), from Latin maior (bigger, greater, superior), comparative of magnus (big, great). Doublet of major.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mayor (plural mayors)

  1. The chief executive of the municipal government of a city, borough, etc., formerly (historical) usually appointed as a caretaker by European royal courts but now usually appointed or elected locally.
    • 1907 Sept. 12, The Nation, page 222:
      The office of mayor has been the tomb of many political ambitions.
    • 1966 Mar. 31, Lyndon B. Johnson, Remarks before the National Legislative Conference of the National League of Cities:
      When the burdens of the Presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself that it could be worse—I could be a mayor of a city instead.
    • 1988, John B. Judis, William F. Buckley Jr.: Patron Saint of the Conservatives, page p. 291:
      While Buckley would later privately describe Chicago's Mayor Daley as a Fascist, he was not willing to let Vidal use the police to vindicate the demonstrators, who, in Buckley's mind, had provoked much of the violence.
    • 1993 Dec. 16, Bill Oakley et al., “"$pringfield"”, in The Simpsons, season 5, episode 10:
      Quimby: I propose that I use what's left of the town treasury to move to a more prosperous town and run for mayor and once selected I will send for the rest of you.
      All: Boo!
    • 2006, Ed Burns et al., “"Soft Eyes"”, in The Wire, season 4, episode 2:
      Carver: What the hell d'you say to him?
      Hauk: I said "Mr Mayor that's a good strong dick you've got there and I see you know how to use it." I didn't say shit!
  2. (historical) Short for mayor of the palace, the royal stewards of the Frankish Empire.
  3. (historical) Synonym of mair, various former officials in the Kingdom of Scotland.
  4. (Ireland, rare, obsolete) A member of a city council.
  5. (historical, obsolete) A high justice, an important judge.
  6. (chiefly US) A largely ceremonial position in some municipal governments that presides over the city council while a contracted city manager holds actual executive power.
  7. (figurative, humorous) A local VIP, a muckamuck or big shot reckoned to lead some local group.

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Hyponyms[edit]

(municipal principal leader):

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Cebuano: mayor
  • Swahili: meya
  • Tok Pisin: meya

Translations[edit]

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Anagrams[edit]

Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin māior.

Adjective[edit]

mayor (epicene, plural mayores)

  1. old
  2. older
  3. (music) major

Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English mayor, from Old French maire (head of a city or town government), from Latin maior (bigger, greater, superior), comparative of magnus (big, great).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: ma‧yor
  • IPA(key): /ˈmeijoɾ/, [ˈmiɪ.jɔɾ̪]
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Noun[edit]

mayor

  1. mayor
    Synonym: alkalde

Quotations[edit]

Crimean Tatar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin maior (major).

Noun[edit]

mayor

  1. major (military rank).

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[1], Simferopol: Dolya, →ISBN

Indonesian[edit]

Indonesian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch majoor, from Spanish mayor, from Latin maior.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈmajɔr]
  • Hyphenation: ma‧yor

Noun[edit]

mayor (plural mayor-mayor, first-person possessive mayorku, second-person possessive mayormu, third-person possessive mayornya)

  1. major (military rank in Indonesian Army)
  2. lieutenant commander (military rank in Indonesian Navy)
  3. squadron leader (military rank in Indonesian Air Force)

Alternative forms[edit]

  • mejar (Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore)

Adjective[edit]

mayor

  1. major.
    Synonyms: besar, utama
    Antonym: minor

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Further reading[edit]

Papiamentu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish mayor and Portuguese maior.

Adjective[edit]

mayor

  1. great, major

Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mayor m or f (plural mayores)

  1. Obsolete spelling of maior

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Latin maior.

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • IPA(key): (everywhere but Argentina and Uruguay) /maˈʝoɾ/ [maˈʝoɾ]
  • IPA(key): (Buenos Aires and environs) /maˈʃoɾ/ [maˈʃoɾ]
  • IPA(key): (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) /maˈʒoɾ/ [maˈʒoɾ]

  • Audio (Bolivia):(file)
  • Audio (Colombia):(file)
  • Rhymes: -oɾ
  • Syllabification: ma‧yor

Adjective[edit]

mayor m or f (masculine and feminine plural mayores)

  1. comparative degree of grande: bigger
    Antonym: menor
  2. comparative degree of viejo: older; elder
    Antonym: menor
    mi novio es mayor que yo
    my boyfriend is older than me
    tengo una hermana mayor
    I've got an elder sister
  3. (of a person) comparative degree of viejo: old; at an advanced age
    Synonyms: viejo, anciano
  4. of age; adult; grown-up
    Synonym: mayor de edad
    Cuando (yo) sea mayor voy a ser médico
    When I'm grown-up, I want to be a doctor.
  5. major; main
    Antonym: menor
    una preocupación mayor
    a major concern
    la plaza mayor
    the main square
  6. head; boss
  7. (music) major
    Antonym: menor
  8. (as a superlative, el/la/lo mayor) superlative degree of grande: the biggest
  9. (as a superlative) superlative degree of viejo: the oldest
  10. enhanced

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

mayor m (plural mayores)

  1. (military) major (military rank)
  2. boss; head
  3. (literary, in the plural) ancestors
  4. old person

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

mayor f (plural mayores)

  1. (nautical) mainsail

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Sundanese[edit]

Noun[edit]

mayor

  1. picnic

Tagalog[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish mayor.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: ma‧yor
  • IPA(key): /maˈjoɾ/, [mɐˈjoɾ]

Adjective[edit]

mayór (Baybayin spelling ᜋᜌᜓᜇ᜔)

  1. main; principal
    Synonym: pangunahin
  2. major
    Synonym: medyor
    1. greater in dignity, rank, importance, significance, or interest.
    2. greater in number, quantity, or extent.

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See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • mayor”, in Pambansang Diksiyonaryo | Diksiyonaryo.ph, Manila, 2018