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 By and large, the same beech and maple ridges still overlook the same spruce and pine lowlands. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: A Day in Deer Camp," 25 Dec. 2020 Instructions: Heat smoker to 225 degrees using preferred wood (cherry or maple are good choices)., "Recipe: Smoked Sweet and Spicy Chex Party Mix," 14 Dec. 2020 Add on a pint of bourbon chocolate chip cookie dough, Crown maple pecan pie or Whiskey cake for $16-$57. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "50-plus D-FW restaurants and grocers offering holiday takeout meals," 14 Dec. 2020 Spoon maple mixture over pork, then transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, "Bánh Mì," 2 Dec. 2020 Yukon gold and maple roasted sweet potatoes, Southern-style green beans, spaghetti squash, mac and cheese, rolls and bread pudding for dessert. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Dozens of restaurants are offering Thanksgiving meals to-go," 21 Nov. 2020 Some of the fixings accompanying the entrees will include stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams and maple Brussels sprouts. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "10 restaurants with Thanksgiving served outdoors," 9 Nov. 2020 The walls will be decked out with ceramic tile installations, and maple tables and countertops will be paired with steel black chairs. Marcy De Luna, Chron, "Shoot the Moon restaurant with 80-beverage self-serve tap wall to open in Spring Branch," 9 Nov. 2020 Hardwood, like the maple used here, is easier on your knives than bamboo. Matt Jancer, Wired, "How to Cook in Your Tiny Kitchen (and Stay Sane)," 1 Jan. 2021

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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

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

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20 Jan 2021

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“Maple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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 )

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