I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French mai, from Latin Maius, from Maia, Roman goddess Date: 12th century 1. the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar 2. often not capitalized the early vigorous blooming part of human life ; prime 3. the festivities of May Day 4. not capitalized a. green or flowering branches used for May Day decorations b. a plant that yields may: as (1) hawthorn (2) a spring-flowering spirea II. biographical name Sir Thomas Erskine 1815-1886 1st Baron Farnborough English jurist

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  • May — May, n. [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the goddess Maia (Gr. Mai^a), daughter of Atlas and mother of Mercury by Jupiter.] 1. The fifth month of the year, containing thirty one days. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. The early part or springtime …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • may — may, might 1. With reference to present or future possibility, may and might are both used, but with may the possibility is more open and with might it is more tentative or remote: (may) • The ACLU may have a strong case Economist, 1980 • The… …   Modern English usage

  • May — /may/, n. 1. the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days. 2. the early part of one s life, esp. the prime: a young woman in her May. 3. the festivities of May Day. 4. (l.c.) Brit. the hawthorn. 5. a female given name. v.i. 6. (l.c.) to gather …   Universalium

  • May — puede referirse a: (348) May, asteroide. Brian May (1947 n.), músico británico. Brian May (1934 1997), compositor australiano de música de cine. Kenneth May (1915 1977), matemática estadounidense. Karl May (1842 1912), escritor alemán Ernst May… …   Wikipedia Español

  • May — (m[=a]), v. [imp. {Might} (m[imac]t)] [AS. pres. m[ae]g I am able, pret. meahte, mihte; akin to D. mogen, G. m[ o]gen, OHG. mugan, magan, Icel. mega, Goth. magan, Russ. moche. [root]103. Cf. {Dismay}, {Main} strength, {Might}. The old imp. mought …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • May — n [U and C] [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: mai, from Latin Maius, from Maia Roman goddess] the fifth month of the year, between April and June next/last May ▪ She started work here last May. in May ▪ The theatre opened in May. on May 6th …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • may — MAY. s. m. Le cinquiesme mois de l année. Au mois de May toutes choses reverdissent. le quinziesme de May. à la fin de May. c estoit en May. May a trente un jours. May, signifie aussi, Un arbre qu on a coupé, & qu on plante par honneur au premier …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • may — ► MODAL VERB (3rd sing. present may; past might) 1) expressing possibility. 2) expressing permission. 3) expressing a wish or hope. ● be that as it may Cf. ↑be that as it may …   English terms dictionary

  • may — may1 [mā] v.aux. pt.might [ME < OE mæg, akin to Ger mag, OHG & Goth magan, lit., to be physically capable of doing < IE base * māgh , to be able > MIGHT2] 1. used to express ability or power: now generally replaced by CAN1 2. used to… …   English World dictionary

  • may — An expression of possibility, a permissive choice to act or not, as distinguished from shall, which is an imperative or often mandatory course of action. (See also: shall) Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits Category: Working With a Lawyer… …   Law dictionary

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