Mayday

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]

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