ma·​ple ˈmā-pəl How to pronounce maple (audio)
: 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 Suitable for modern, minimalist, and traditional interiors, maple floors offer a neutral color palette in any room. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 July 2024 The surplus year has brought more maple seedlings and white pine cones too, Agostini said. Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 2 July 2024 Urban planners and tree experts have tried for decades to keep streets and sidewalks clear of maple spinners, seed pods and fallen fruit, but these efforts may be leading to an increase in allergies. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2024 Seymour said the bar is a beautiful piece of maple furniture with green paneling. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for maple 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Maple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ma·​ple ˈmā-pəl How to pronounce maple (audio)
: any of a group of trees having deeply notched opposite leaves, dry fruits with two wings, and hard light-colored wood and including some from which maple syrup and maple sugar are obtained
also : the wood of a maple

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