What does MAY mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. May(noun)

    the month following April and preceding June

  2. whitethorn, English hawthorn, may, Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus oxycantha(noun)

    thorny Eurasian shrub of small tree having dense clusters of white to scarlet flowers followed by deep red berries; established as an escape in eastern North America


  1. May(ProperNoun)

    The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar, following April and preceding June.

  2. May(ProperNoun)

    The hawthorn or its blossoms (as it blooms in May)

  3. May(ProperNoun)

    , pet name for Mary and Margaret, reinforced by the month and plant meaning.

  4. Origin: mai, so called because it blossoms in May.

Webster Dictionary

  1. May

    an auxiliary verb qualifyng the meaning of another verb, by expressing: (a) Ability, competency, or possibility; -- now oftener expressed by can

  2. May(noun)

    a maiden

  3. May(noun)

    the fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days

  4. May(noun)

    the early part or springtime of life

  5. May(noun)

    the flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn

  6. May(noun)

    the merrymaking of May Day

  7. Origin: [F. Mai, L. Maius; so named in honor of the goddess Maia (Gr. Mai^a), daughter of Atlas and mother of Mercury by Jupiter.]


  1. May

    May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days. May is a month of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Therefore May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. No other month begins or ends on the same day of the week as May in any year. January of the following year always begins and ends on the same day of the week as May of the current year. The month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month is named for the iuniores, or "young people".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. May

    mā, v.i. to be able: to be allowed: to be free to act: to be possible: to be by chance: to be competent:—pa.t. might (mīt).—adv. May′be, perhaps, possibly.—n. a possibility.—adv. May′hap, perhaps. [A.S. mæg, pr.t. of mugan, to be able, pa.t. mihte; cog. with Goth. magan, Ger. mögen.]

  2. May

    mā, n. the fifth month of the year: the early or gay part of life.—v.i. to gather May (prov. Eng. the blossom of the hawthorn, which blooms in May):—pr.p. May′ing.ns. May′-bee′tle, May′-bug, the cockchafer; May′-bloom, the hawthorn flower; May′day, the first day of May; May′-dew, the dew of May, esp. that of the morning of the first day of May, which is said to whiten linen, and to enable a face washed with it to keep its beauty; May′-duke, a variety of sour cherry; May′-flow′er, the hawthorn, which blooms in May; May′fly, a short-lived fly which appears in May; May′-game, sport such as is usual on 1st May, frolic generally; May′ing, the observance of Mayday sports and games; May′-lā′dy, the queen of the May; May′-lil′y, the lily of the valley, so called because it blooms in May; May′-morn (Shak.), freshness, like that of a morning in May, vigour; May′pole, a pole erected for dancing round on Mayday; May′-queen, a young woman crowned with flowers as queen on Mayday; May′time, May, the season of May. [O. Fr. Mai—L. Maius (mensis, a month), sacred to Maia, the mother of Mercury.]

  3. May

    mā, n. a maid. [A.S. mǽg, a kinswoman.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. May

    the fifth month of the year, so called from a Sanskrit word signifying to grow, as being the shooting or growing month.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #81

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #234

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MAY' in Verbs Frequency: #19

Anagrams for MAY »

  1. Amy, MYA, Mya, mya, yam


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of MAY in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of MAY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. vedprakashdubey:

    may estetes

  2. Cliff Sullivan:

    We may get cut out.

  3. Reporter Dan Merica:

    It may seem trivial.

  4. Ellen Pao:

    I may have said that.

  5. Katrina Johnson:

    It may happen, it may not.

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