May pole


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

1545–55; May + pole1 Unabridged
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maypole (ˈmeɪˌpəʊl)
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 & History

"high pole painted with spiral stripes and decorated with flowers, set up in public places for May Day celebrants 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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