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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
elect sb (as) president/leader/mayor etc
▪ In 1768, John Wilkes was elected as their Member of Parliament.
▪ The first black mayor of the city once represented progress, enthusiasm and verve.
▪ Discontent grew, however, when elected black mayors found that they had few economic resources to command.
▪ Now there are around 7,000, 300 of them black mayors.
▪ He was elected lord mayor of Liverpool for 1916-17 and became an alderman in 1921.
▪ Gabor Demszky of FIDESz was elected Budapest's mayor on Oct. 31.
▪ When the matter was discussed in council, the local mayor, Bernard Berche, was outvoted and planning permission refused.
▪ Desperate telegrams were sent to the local mayor, Alexander Prokhurov, but there was no response.
▪ The annual general meeting of the city council then continued, chaired by the new mayor.
▪ On Tuesday, voters chose a new mayor and six new council members.
▪ Although the new mayors tended to be younger men, they did not represent a new class of people.
▪ Nevertheless, the new mayor of the town, Don Bernardo, takes pity on Jacinta.
▪ I feel strongly that our new mayor is going to do a good job, too.
▪ Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., is a former mayor of San Francisco.
▪ Lanier was a former mayor of Dyersburg before, in 1989, he was elected chancery judge.
▪ Often he is resignedly mutilated by sour aldermen, by painfully fat lord mayors, by put-upon railway porters.
▪ He was elected lord mayor of Liverpool for 1916-17 and became an alderman in 1921.
▪ In 1662-3 he served as lord mayor of London.
▪ Affidavits taken before the lord mayor, a personal friend of hers, indicate that public opinion was on her side.
▪ The merged councils averaged forty members; half were appointed by the mayor and half were elected by area residents.
▪ She replaced Ruth Feldgrill-Zankel who had resigned to become deputy mayor of Graz.
▪ Daley was to become the third consecutive mayor produced by Bridgeport.
▪ Four women became mayors of cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants.
▪ He wants to become the mayor of London.
▪ Which it did when Ken launched his attempt to become mayor of London.
▪ The recall helped to bring Tom Volgy to the city council, and later he became mayor.
▪ Twice he aimed at becoming mayor of New York City.
▪ But later this month it will become even more so when Socialist Party candidate Bertrand Delano is elected as mayor.
▪ Discontent grew, however, when elected black mayors found that they had few economic resources to command.
▪ Perhaps Ken should stand as the next democratically elected mayor of Tehran?
▪ The newly elected mayor said he has plenty to do in his own job, which he began two weeks ago.
▪ The bill also includes measures to reform local government by creating directly elected mayors and cabinets.
▪ In city government, public policy is supposed to be enacted by an elected mayor and council.
▪ Brown resigned from the Assembly in December when he was elected mayor of San Francisco.
▪ Then the elite persuaded the newly elected mayor to appoint a committee to lay the groundwork for redevelopment.
▪ We had been on our way to Shkodra to meet the mayor to discuss potential rehabilitation projects in the north.
▪ Clinton reiterated his interest Thursday during an afternoon meeting with the mayors at the White House.
▪ GIANT-killing basketball stars the Middlesbrough Mohawks walked tall when they met the town's mayor.
▪ I am meeting with the mayor of Le Bourget, who supposedly is going to take me for a cocktail.
▪ From 1830 Lille was run by mayors who were prominent businessmen.
▪ He became president of the Cook County Board, took over the party machinery, and ran for mayor in 1931.
▪ He may run for re-election as mayor, or seek a council seat.
▪ Varga ran for mayor as an independent in 1979.
▪ Some suspect he may run for mayor.
▪ What will happen: Holt Pfeiler is a virtual lock to run for mayor.
▪ Now, after 14 years in the Legislature, Hayden is planning to possibly run for mayor.
▪ In 1662-3 he served as lord mayor of London.
▪ But even a mayor who measures his success at street level must sometimes lift his head above the foliage.
▪ He and the mayor asked Marriott to grant the city the right of first refusal.
▪ He has been mayor three times.
▪ Most commissioners in the city serve at the pleasure of the mayor.
▪ The mayor has already amassed more than $ 2 million in contributions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

mayor \may"or\, n. [OE. maire, F. maire, fr. L. major greater, higher, nobler, compar. of magnus great; cf. Sp. mayor. See Major, and cf. Merino.] The chief magistrate of a city or borough; the chief administrative officer of a municipal corporation. In some American cities there is a city court of which the major is chief judge. The post is usually elective, its holder chosen by the electorate of the entire city.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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).


n. 1 The leader of a city, or a municipality, sometimes just a figurehead and sometimes a powerful position. In some countries, the mayor is elected by the citizens or by the city council. 2 By restriction, a male municipal leader 3 (context historical English) The steward of some royal courts, particularly in early Medieval France


n. the head of a city government [syn: city manager]


In many countries, a mayor ( or , from the Latin maior , meaning "bigger") is the highest-ranking official in a municipal government such as that of a city or a town.

Worldwide, there is a wide variance in local laws and customs regarding the powers and responsibilities of a mayor, as well as the means by which a mayor is elected or otherwise mandated. Depending on the system chosen, a mayor may be the chief executive officer of the municipal government, may simply chair a multi-member governing body with little or no independent power, or may play a solely ceremonial role. Options for selection of a mayor include direct election by the public, or selection by an elected governing council or board.

Mayor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Richard Wilkins III (commonly referred to as The Mayor) is a fictional character in the fantasy television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003). Portrayed by Harry Groener, he is the mayor of Sunnydale, a fictional town rife with vampires and demons in which the main character, Buffy Summers ( Sarah Michelle Gellar) lives. The premise of the series is that Buffy is a Slayer, a young girl endowed with superhuman powers to fight evil, which she accomplishes with the help of a small group of friends and family, called the Scooby Gang. During the second season it becomes apparent that local authorities are aware of the endemic evil in the town, and either ignore it or are complicit in making it worse. The series regularly employs monsters and elements of horror to symbolize real problems, and the abuse of power in relation to the forces of darkness is a repeated theme throughout the series, as well as in its spin-off Angel. The third season reveals that the Mayor is involved in many of the evil occurrences and he becomes the primary villain, or Big Bad. His genial demeanor, promotion of family values, casual phobia of germs, and dislike of swearing belie his evil nature.

This season also marks Buffy's and her friends' last year in high school, and introduces a long-running character named Faith ( Eliza Dushku), who is also a Slayer. After many months of fighting alongside Buffy and being under the authority of Buffy's Watcher, Giles, Faith becomes estranged from Buffy and aligns herself with the Mayor, who both employs her as an assassin and becomes a father figure to her while preparing to become a powerful demon that will destroy the town.

Mayor (musical)

Mayor is a musical with a book by Warren Leight and music and lyrics by Charles Strouse. It is based on the memoir by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and depicts a single day in the life of the city's mayor. The musical ran on Broadway in 1985 after an Off-Broadway run.

Mayor (surname)

Mayor is an English and Spanish-language surname with several etymological origins. The English-language name is sometimes a variant spelling of Mayer, and thus derived from the Middle English and Old French mair, maire (in turn derived from the Latin maior, meaning "greater", "superior"); this surname originated from the title of a mayor. The surname Mayor can also be derived from a nickname, derived from the Spanish mayor, meaning "older", borne by the elder of two individuals with the same name. Another origin of the surname is from an occupational name, derived from the Spanish major, meaning "governor", "chief". The surname can also be a Catalan variant of the surname Major, derived from major, meaning "greater", used to denote an elder son of a particular family or an important person. The surname Mayor can also be derived from the Yiddish personal name Meyer, which is derived from the Hebrew language Meir, which in turn means "enlightener".

Mayor (France)

In France, a mayor (maire in French) is chairperson of the municipal council, which organizes the work and deliberates on municipal matters. The mayor also has significant powers and his or her own responsibilities, such as the responsibility for the activities of municipal police and for the management of municipal staff.

The mayor is also the representative of the state in the commune. As such the mayor is a civil officer of the State and a police officer. The term of office for a mayor is six years.

Usage examples of "mayor".

Henry le Waleys, the mayor, Gregory de Rokesley, Philip Cissor, or the tailor, Ralph Crepyn, Joce le Acatour, or merchant, and John de Gisors.

Gloucestershire Bert went northward to the British aeronautic park outside Birmingham, in the hope that he might be taken on and given food, for there the Government, or at any rate the War Office, still existed as an energetic fact, concentrated amidst collapse and social disaster upon the effort to keep the British flag still flying in the air, and trying to brisk up mayor and mayor and magistrate and magistrate in a new effort of organisation.

San Francisco Mayor Conrad Aiken has called for a dusk-to-dawn curfew and has asked the governor to declare a state of emergency for the city and county.

Mayor Aiken thought his post-lunch meeting with Philip Mohandas would be smooth sailing, a photo op.

Pausing to tune the harp, he snapped the string and, after a tense, whispered exchange with Alec, rose and bowed to the mayor.

Comfortably into his cups, the mayor waved agreeably and Alec hurried out.

Diego Hernandez, a Portuguese, to the post of Alguacil Mayor of the Inquisition, and given him the right to wear a sword in virtue of his office, the Governor, meeting the man in the street wearing a sword against his regulations, made him a prisoner.

From the porch of the Church of Santa Maria Mayor, he watched his alguazils enter the house of the Princess of Eboli, bring her forth, bestow her in a waiting carriage that was to bear her away to the fortress of Pinto, to an imprisonment which was later exchanged for exile to Pastrana lasting as long as life itself.

Colonel, a Justice of the Peace, Mayor of Kendal, and Commissary in the Archdeaconry of Richmond before the late domestic wars.

Insurrection Committee had already organized a force which they had entitled the National Guard, and of which they had conferred the command on the Marquis de La Fayette, And at the gates of the city the king was met by him and the mayor, a man named Bailly, who had achieved a considerable reputation as a mathematician and an astronomer, but who was thoroughly imbued with the leveling and irreligious doctrines of the school of the Encyclopedists.

Madame Campan had spent an evening in packing up jewels, and sent warning to Gouvion, an aid-de-camp of La Fayette, and to Bailly, the mayor, that the queen at last was preparing to flee.

Matteo reminded himself that Lord Basel was mayor of another city, where he no doubt indulged in the usual displays of pride and wealth.

The mayor of Youghal, in giving evidence against her, said there were three aldermen, whose children had been bewitched to death by the accused kissing the little ones.

Defoe was welcomed aboard by the Port Master, a local worthy who doubled as Mayor of Shacktown, charged with neglecting sanitation and handing out beer and bhang on election day.

Gray bicentenary, which took place on December 26th, 1916, the Dean of Norwich, who is a member of the Public Library Committee, delivered a lecture on Thomas Gray at the Technical Institute on December 15th, when the Deputy Mayor, Alderman H.