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 Packages serve four people and feature roasted tenderloin with jumbo cocktail shrimp ($220), chipotle meatloaf ($140), smoked turkey breast ($135) and glazed Texas maple baked ham ($130). Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "D-FW restaurants offering takeout, dine-in meals for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2020 Other northern names are the Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night, or the Sap Moon as this is the time for tapping maple trees. Leada Gore |, al, "See Super Worm Moon tonight," 8 Mar. 2020 Luthiers favor maple for the body and neck for its ideal mix of strength, resonance, and aesthetics. Chuck Squatriglia, Popular Science, "Inside the extraordinary experiment to save the Stradivarius sound," 10 Jan. 2020 Unfortunately, another common cause of dying maples is simply lack of water. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area gardens: How to cope with Japanese maple dieback," 28 Aug. 2019 The donuts at Randy’s come in all flavours, including maple, a local favourite. The Economist, "How donuts fuelled the American Dream," 26 July 2019 The former's lineup includes a spring salad, rosemary grilled salmon and quiche; the latter menu offers maple-fig scones and the options of mimosa kits and flowers. The Washington Post, "Ask Tom: Dining during the pandemic," 6 May 2020 The optional breakfast package ($50) includes maple sausage, bagels, cream cheese, jam, strawberries, and spinach, goat cheese and tomato quiche. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, "D-FW restaurants offering takeout, dine-in meals for Mother’s Day," 4 May 2020 For a sweet treat, the caramelized honey latte and dairy-free maple caramel oatmilk coffee sound delightful. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Be Your Own Barista with Starbucks Recipes You Can Make at Home," 30 Apr. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Maple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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