• 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.
  • The steward of some royal courts, particularly in early Medieval France


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  • 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. major.

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