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

Example Sentences

The maple leaf is an emblem of Canada. a table made of 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 5 Jun. 2023.

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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