noun Usage: often capitalized Date: 1554 a tall flower-wreathed pole forming a center for May Day sports and dances

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  • Maypole — May pole , n. A tall pole erected in an open place and wreathed with flowers, about which the rustic May day sports were had. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maypole — high striped pole decorated with flowers and ribbons for May Day merrymakers to dance around, attested from 1550s but certainly much older, as the first mention of it is in an ordinance banning them, and there are references to such erections,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • maypole — ► NOUN ▪ a decorated pole with long ribbons attached to the top, traditionally used for dancing round on May Day …   English terms dictionary

  • maypole — [mā′pōl΄] n. [often M ] a high pole wreathed with flowers, streamers, etc., around which merrymakers dance on May Day …   English World dictionary

  • Maypole — This article is about the tall wooden pole. For other uses, see Maypole (disambiguation). Dancing around the maypole, in Åmmeberg, Sweden A maypole is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk festivals, particularly on May… …   Wikipedia

  • maypole — UK [ˈmeɪˌpəʊl] / US [ˈmeɪˌpoʊl] noun [countable] Word forms maypole : singular maypole plural maypoles a tall pole with long thin pieces of cloth fastened to the top that people traditionally danced round in England, especially on May Day …   English dictionary

  • Maypole — Recorded in the spellings of Maple, Mapples, Marple, Marples, and Maypole, this is an English surname. According to the famous Victorian etymologist Canon Charles Bardsley, the surname is from Yorkshire, and not in anyway associated with the… …   Surnames reference

  • Maypole — /may pohl /, n. (often l.c.) a tall pole, decorated with flowers and ribbons, around which people dance or engage in sports during May Day celebrations. [1545 55; MAY + POLE1] * * * Tall wooden pole garlanded with flowers and greenery and often… …   Universalium

  • maypole — noun A pole, garlanded with streamers held by people who dance around it to celebrate May Day …   Wiktionary

  • maypole — may|pole [ˈmeıpəul US poul] n a tall pole around which people danced on May Day in the past …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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