ma·​ple | \ ˈmā-pəl How to pronounce maple (audio) \

Definition of maple

: any of a genus (Acer of the family Aceraceae, the maple family) of chiefly deciduous trees or shrubs with opposite leaves and a fruit of two united samaras also : the hard light-colored close-grained wood of a maple used especially for flooring and furniture

Examples of maple in a Sentence

The maple leaf is an emblem of Canada. a table made of maple

Recent Examples on the Web

The kitchen has custom birds-eye maple and koa cabinets and a unique lighting system that features red Venetian glass. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Sausalito houseboat a salute to modern Danish art and Hawaiian wood," 31 Aug. 2019 For a light wood option, substitute birch plywood and edge tape for all of the plywood parts, and replace oak with maple or poplar. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Your Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Platform Bed Frame," 30 Aug. 2019 They could be plied with lemon curd and hibiscus jelly, maple butter with bruleed bananas and pecans; or formed from buckwheat with Sonoran honey. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 Dense woods like maple and walnut are generally considered the most ideal for a cutting board. Paul Stephen,, "Our guide to knives will give you an edge in the kitchen," 10 July 2019 At Midnight Rambler, for instance, a drink with a rich genealogy involving the maple and birch sugaring traditions of the Ojibwe tribe, is reduced to a list of ingredients: Texas Rye Whiskey, Pippali Birch, Maple, Angostura. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "My Cocktail’s Smarter Than Yours: A Guide to the World’s Brainiest Bar Menus," 12 July 2018 For starters, heavy hitters started loving maple and birch wood bats. Aubrey Nagle,, "Pa. baseball bat country in trouble, 'fair workweek' finds Council allies | Morning Newsletter," 14 June 2018 In Federal Heights, Karla Lyons’ waitressing wages are eaten up by a constant stream of home and yard repairs ordered by her park manager, including removal of a giant maple tree that fell on her patio roof and crushed it. Washington Post, "Mobile home parks move from mom-and-pop to corporate," 16 Sep. 2019 Then, inexplicably, one spring afternoon Rob decided to trim the maple tree in our front yard. Brianna Randall,, "When postpartum depression stole my husband," 12 Sep. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'maple.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of maple

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maple

Middle English, from Old English mapul-; akin to Old Norse mǫpurr maple

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about maple

Statistics for maple

Last Updated

13 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for maple

The first known use of maple was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for maple



English Language Learners Definition of maple

: a type of tree that grows in northern parts of the world and has hard wood often used in making furniture
: the wood of a maple tree


ma·​ple | \ ˈmā-pəl How to pronounce maple (audio) \

Kids Definition of maple

: a tree having deeply notched leaves, seeds with a winglike part, and hard pale wood and including some whose sap is evaporated to a sweet syrup ( maple syrup ) and a brownish sugar ( maple sugar )

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on maple

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with maple

Spanish Central: Translation of maple

Nglish: Translation of maple for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of maple for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about maple

Comments on maple

What made you want to look up maple? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


transposition of initial sounds of words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Word Puzzles

  • alt 57589b2b4c6a3
  • Which answer pairs best with each of the following words? living, estate, club, music, road, mile
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!