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Mayor, the title of a chief magistrate, or of a chief officer, derived through the French maire, from the Latin maior, "greater," "elder" (whence also "major"). In England and Ireland the chief magistrate and head of the municipal council in a city or borough has the title of mayor, the chief magistrates of London, Dublin, York, and (since 1893) of Belfast, Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester being styled Lord Mayor. For Mayor of the Palace see Charles Martel, Pepin.