Definitions for maydayˈmeɪˌdeɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

May′ Day`(n.)

  1. the first day of May variously celebrated with festivities and observances.

Origin of May Day:



  1. an international radiotelephone distress call.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

Origin of Mayday:

1925–30; < F (venez)m'aider (come) help me!

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Mayday(noun)

    an internationally recognized distress signal via radiotelephone (from the French m'aider)


  1. mayday(Noun)

    An international distress signal used by shipping and aircraft


  1. Mayday

    Mayday is an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications. It derives from the French "venez m'aider", meaning "come help me". It is used to signal a life-threatening emergency primarily by mariners and aviators, but in some countries local organisations such as police forces, firefighters, and transportation organizations also use the term. The call is always given three times in a row to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. mayday

    Distress call.

Translations for mayday

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the international distress signal sent out by ships and aircraft

The ship sent out a mayday (signal) before it sank.

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