Maypole

[mey-pohl]
noun (often lowercase)
  1. a tall pole, decorated with flowers and ribbons, around which people dance or engage in sports during May Day celebrations.

Origin of Maypole

First recorded in 1545–55; May + pole1
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Historical Examples of maypole

  • That the Maypole bar should come to this, and we should live to see it!

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Before the lapse of many minutes the party halted at the Maypole door.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • As this rider passed, he checked his steed, and called him of the Maypole by his name.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • It'll save you having to walk from the Maypole, there and back again.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Cheerily, though there were none abroad to see it, shone the Maypole light that evening.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for maypole

maypole

noun
  1. a tall pole fixed upright in an open space during May-Day celebrations, around which people dance holding streamers attached at its head
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Word Origin and History for maypole
n.

"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.

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