Mayday

[ mey-dey ]
/ ˈmeɪˌdeɪ /

noun

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

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Which of the following words means “to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot”?

Origin of Mayday

1925–30; < French (venez) m'aider (come) help me!
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British Dictionary definitions for mayday

Mayday
/ (ˈmeɪˌdeɪ) /

noun

the international radiotelephone distress signal

Word Origin for Mayday

C20: phonetic spelling of French m'aidez help me
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