: a picture or chart that shows the features of an area <a street map><a map of Africa>
: a picture or chart of the sky showing the position of stars and planets
Word History of MAP
In the Latin of ancient Rome the word mappa was applied to a rectangular piece of cloth used as a towel, napkin, or small tablecloth. After the fall of the Roman Empire people still employed Latin as a written language, and mappa then seems to have been applied by land surveyors to squares of cloth on which they plotted land holdings. Eventually any representation of part of the earth's surface was called mappa, and this word was borrowed from Latin into English.
Definition of MAP for Kids
: to make a map of <Astronomers are working to map the heavens.>
: to plan in detail <…I had not mapped out a scheme for determining the merits of officers… — Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee>