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In mony kintras, a mayor (frae the Laitin māior (/ˈmɑːjɒr/), meanin "bigger") is the heichest-rankin officer in the municipal govrenment o a toun or a lairge urban ceety.

In mony municipal seestems the mayor serves as chief executive officer an/or ceremonial offeecial o mony types o municipalities. Warldwide, thare is a wide variance in local laws an customs regardin the pouers an responsibilities o a mayor, as well as the means bi which a mayor is electit or itherwise mandatit.