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

Examples of maypole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was something merry in all this going around, akin perhaps to dancing around the maypole, albeit in multi-ton vehicles that can cause injury or death. New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Not so Swedes, who traditionally celebrate the change of season, and light, with dancing around a maypole, herring, schnapps, and strawberry cake. Vogue, 28 June 2021 Outdoor celebrations including maypole dancing and seafood buffets are enjoyed in Sweden, while bonfires are a common sight throughout Denmark and Norway. David Nikel, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Their traditions include dancing around a maypole -- a symbol which some view as phallic. CNN, 20 June 2021 In Medieval England, May Day celebrations centered on the maypole, which is a pole made from wood, decorated with streamers, which are held by dancers circling the pole. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 18 Apr. 2021 Typically, friends and family gather outside for a party, eat traditional food, make floral wreaths, dance around a maypole. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 18 June 2020 April 4, 2020 And all around him, like a maypole, the other UCLA players were swinging and swaying. Mike Downey, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2020 This is a party, after all, and so the adults, all hopped up on champagne, try a formal maypole dance but make a mess of it and end in a heap, all perfectly in time with Tchaikovsky’s stately music. Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of maypole

1529, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maypole was in 1529

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3 Dec 2021

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“Maypole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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