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[mey-pohl] /ˈmeɪˌpoʊl/
noun, (often lowercase)
a tall pole, decorated with flowers and ribbons, around which people dance or engage in sports during May Day celebrations.
Origin of Maypole
1545-55; May + pole1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for Maypole
  • Beside the castle a Maypole is depicted with double sided tillers for the emblems.
  • Thieves who are captured inside the village have to give the Maypole back.
  • If the Maypole survives all of these dangers then positioning begins.
British Dictionary definitions for Maypole


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



"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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