May Day

May Day

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.

Origin:
1225–75; Middle English

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Mayday

[mey-dey]
noun
the international radiotelephone distress signal, used by ships and aircraft.

Origin:
1925–30; < French (venez) m'aider (come) help me!

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Mayday (ˈmeɪˌdeɪ)
 
n
the international radiotelephone distress signal
 
[C20: phonetic spelling of French m'aidez help me]

May Day
 
n
a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): May-Day celebrations

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May Day
"first of May," mid-15c.. Accounts of merrymaking on this date are attested from mid-13c. Synonymous with "communist procession" from at least 1906. The May Queen seems to be a Victorian re-invented tradition.

mayday
"distress call," 1927, from Fr. m'aider, shortening of venez m'aider "come help me!"
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