noun, often capitalized
may·​pole | \ ˈmā-ˌpōl How to pronounce maypole (audio) \

Definition of maypole

: a tall flower-wreathed pole forming a center for May Day sports and dances

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Fun and Games Midsummer is not complete without a maypole. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Throw a Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration," 22 June 2018 Another Swedish tradition includes hopping around the maypole like frogs and singing a special tune. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How to Throw a Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration," 22 June 2018 Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin: Midsommar Celebration with maypole dance and games, 1-4:30 p.m. June 24, Heidelburg Park, Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale, (414) 352-7890. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: June 22-28," 21 June 2018 That afternoon outside the school, people will decorate a traditional maypole before joining hands for ring dances around the pole. Jay Jones,, "Europe in the Midwest: Heritage centers help travelers connect to the past," 1 June 2018 And no Beltane party is complete without a maypole and a massive bonfire to heat things up., "Why Beltane May Be The Biggest Party In Paganism," 30 Apr. 2018 Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar served as a glitzy maypole in a cha cha production number with more energetic dancers swirling about him. Hal Boedeker,, "'Dancing With the Stars': Adam Rippon, Josh Norman dazzle," 1 May 2018 Some historians believe the first maypole dance originated as part of a fertility ritual, where the pole symbolized male fertility and baskets and wreaths symbolized female fertility. Cassie Armstrong,, "May Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 1 May 2018 Watching sickly youngsters dance around a maypole wasn’t the only feature of May Day. John Kelly, Washington Post, "May Day used to be a big deal in Washington. Could it ever be again?," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of maypole

1529, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of maypole

: a tall pole decorated with ribbons and flowers that forms a center for the spring festival held on May 1

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