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Mays

[meyz] /meɪz/
noun
1.
Willie (Howard) born 1931, U.S. baseball player.

may2

[mey] /meɪ/
noun, Archaic.
1.
a maiden.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English mai; Old English mæg

May

[mey] /meɪ/
noun
1.
the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days.
2.
the early part of one's life, especially the prime:
a young woman in her May.
3.
the festivities of May Day.
4.
(lowercase) British. the hawthorn.
5.
a female given name.
6.
Cape, a cape at the SE tip of New Jersey, on Delaware Bay.
verb (used without object)
7.
(lowercase) to gather flowers in the spring:
when we were maying.
Origin
before 1050; Middle English, Old English Maius < Latin, short for Maius mēnsis Maia's month
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Examples for Mays
  • Some of his clients were actors, and some were athletes, including willie Mays.
British Dictionary definitions for Mays

may1

/meɪ/
verb (past) might takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive used as an auxiliary
1.
to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someone he may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself
2.
(often foll by well) to indicate possibility the rope may break, he may well be a spy
3.
to indicate ability or capacity, esp in questions may I help you?
4.
to express a strong wish long may she reign
5.
to indicate result or purpose: used only in clauses introduced by that or so that he writes so that the average reader may understand
6.
another word for might1
7.
to express courtesy in a question whose child may this little girl be?
8.
be that as it may, in spite of that: a sentence connector conceding the possible truth of a previous statement and introducing an adversative clause be that as it may, I still think he should come
9.
come what may, whatever happens
10.
(foll by a clause introduced by but) that's as may be, that may be so
Usage note
It was formerly considered correct to use may rather than can when referring to permission as in: you may use the laboratory for your experiments, but this use of may is now almost entirely restricted to polite questions such as: may I open the window? The use of may with if in constructions such as: your analysis may have been more more credible if … is generally regarded as incorrect, might being preferred: your analysis might have been more credible if
Word Origin
Old English mæg, from magan: compare Old High German mag, Old Norse

may2

/meɪ/
noun
1.
an archaic word for maiden
Word Origin
Old English mæg; related to Old High German māg kinsman, Old Norse māgr a relative by marriage

may3

/meɪ/
noun
1.
Also may tree a Brit name for hawthorn
2.
short for may blossom
Word Origin
C16: from the month of May, when it flowers

May1

/meɪ/
noun
1.
the fifth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
Word Origin
from Old French, from Latin Maius, probably from Maia, Roman goddess, identified with the Greek goddess Maia

May2

/meɪ/
noun
1.
Robert McCredie, Baron. born 1936, Australian biologist and ecologist
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Word Origin and History for Mays
may
O.E. mæg "I am able" (inf. magan, p.t. meahte, mihte), from P.Gmc. root *mag-, inf. *maganan (cf. O.Fris. muga, O.N. mega, Du. mogen, Ger. mögen, Goth. magan "to be able"), from PIE *mogh-/*megh- "power" (cf. Gk. mekhos, makhos "means, instrument," O.C.S. mogo "to be able," mosti "power, force," Skt. mahan "great"). Also related to might (q.v.).
May
1110, from O.Fr. mai, from L. Majus, Maius mensis "month of May," possibly from Maja, Maia a Roman earth goddess (wife of Vulcan) whose name is possibly from PIE *mag-ya "she who is great," fem. suffixed form of base *meg- "great" (cognate with L. magnus). Replaced O.E. þrimilce, month in which cows can be milked three times a day. May marriage have been considered unlucky at least since Ovid's day. Mayflower (1626) was used locally for the cowslip, the lady's smock, and other plants that bloom in May. May apple attested from 1733.
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Encyclopedia Article for Mays

May

fifth month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named after Maia, a Roman fertility goddess.

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