- a tall pole, decorated with flowers and ribbons, around which people dance or engage in sports during May Day celebrations.
Origin of Maypole
Examples from the Web for maypole
That the Maypole bar should come to this, and we should live to see it!
Before the lapse of many minutes the party halted at the Maypole door.
As this rider passed, he checked his steed, and called him of the Maypole by his name.
It'll save you having to walk from the Maypole, there and back again.
Cheerily, though there were none abroad to see it, shone the Maypole light that evening.
- a tall pole fixed upright in an open space during May-Day celebrations, around which people dance holding streamers attached at its head
Word Origin and History for 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, though not by this name, from a mid-14c. Welsh poem. See May Day.