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noun

the first day of May, long celebrated with various festivities, as the crowning of the May queen, dancing around the Maypole, and, in recent years, often marked by labor parades and political demonstrations.

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Origin of May Day

Middle English word dating back to 1225–75

Definition for May Day (2 of 2)

Mayday
[ mey-dey ]
/ ˈmeɪˌdeɪ /

noun

the international radiotelephone distress signal, used by ships and aircraft.

Origin of Mayday

1925–30; <French (venez) m'aider (come) help me!
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British Dictionary definitions for May Day (1 of 2)

May Day

noun

  1. the first day of May, traditionally a celebration of the coming of spring: in some countries now observed as a holiday in honour of workers
  2. (as modifier)May-Day celebrations

British Dictionary definitions for May Day (2 of 2)

Mayday
/ (ˈmeɪˌdeɪ) /

noun

the international radiotelephone distress signal
C20: phonetic spelling of French m'aidez help me
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