maypole

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maypole a vertical pole or post decorated with streamers that can be held by dancers celebrating May Day
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Maypole A tall pole erected in an open place and wreathed with flowers, about which the rustic May-day sports were had.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Maypole A pole around which the people dance in May-day festivities. It was usually cut and set up afresh on May-day morning, drawn by a long procession of oxen, decorated, as were also the pole itself and the wagon, with flowers and ribbons; but in some cases a pole once set up was left from year to year, as notably the famous pole of the parish of St. Andrew Undershaft in London, which was cut down in the reign of Edward VI. At the restoration of Charles II. a May-pole 134 feet high was set up in the Strand. A few May-poles still remain in England, although the celebration is almost obsolete.
    • n Maypole An ale-stake.
    • n Maypole A tree of Jamaica, Spathelia simplex, of the order Simarubeæ. It has a tall slender stem with a crown of leaves at the top, like a palm. Also called mountain-pride and mountain-green.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Maypole a pole erected for dancing round on Mayday
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. Mai—L. Maius (mensis, a month), sacred to Maia, the mother of Mercury.

Usage

In literature:

The cross became decayed, and a maypole was erected either on its site or close beside it.
"The Strand District" by Sir Walter Besant
I was just thinking we're all terribly like children in a Maypole dance.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
This was the Maypole.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
What has a little mouse to do with a Maypole dance?
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
By ten-thirty, four boys from the sixth grade were helping the custodian put up the Maypole.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
All take ribbons and stand around the Maypole.
"Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades" by Florence Holbrook
Climbing a Maypole would be nothing to such a feat.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The first of May would come round again; they would choose their own Queen and twine their own maypole.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
It contained inhabitants of as undeleterious and self-satisfied a class of peasantry as ever clustered around a Maypole.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
It is good to remember that on that very spot, the maypole once stood.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
Of these beliefs the fast-decaying usages of the Maypole and the Harvest May still remind us.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Maypole, as a symbol, 215.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Sir John found this out, and bribed a hostler at the Maypole Inn to spy for him and prevent, if he could, these letters passing.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
Maypole Inn, The, 40, 41.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
See what a Maypole We have got.
"Rhymes Old and New" by M.E.S. Wright
And in the afternoon there was the Maypole.
"The Bountiful Lady" by Thomas Cobb
The pole in the hall might be used of old times (as then the custom was in every parish) to be set up in the summer as a maypole.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
In these rings the shaft or Maypole rested after the May-day sports were over.
"Nooks and Corners of Old London" by Charles Hemstreet
Did Shakespeare ever see a maypole?
"A Century of Science and Other Essays" by John Fiske
The dance round the Maypole and the Cotillon has the same origin.
"Demonology and Devil-lore" by Moncure Daniel Conway
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In poetry:

A Maypole dance.--O, my!
Such sport is all "my eye,"
Just try,
I tried it and I know,
The snow, the blow,
The aching toes, the smarting nose.
"Charming May" by John Hartley
Amid that area wide they took their stand,
Where the tall maypole once o'er-looked the Strand,
But now (so Anne and piety ordain)
A church collects the saints of Drury Lane.
"The Dunciad: Book II." by Alexander Pope
"I watched her to-day; a more comely maid,
As she danced in her muslin bowed with blue,
Round a Hintock maypole never gayed."
—"Aye, aye; I watched her this day, too,
As it happens," the Sergeant said.
"San Sebastian" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Dead can dance as the bell rings the maypole spins aion.
Judith Perkins of Dexter presented her annual " May Pole " program at the library on May 1, 2012, and then led children to take part in circling the Maypole in song on the library grounds.
Here we go 'round the Maypole .
Maypoles, Mosh Pits In Olympics Opening Ceremony.
A member of black bloc totes a Maypole during the morning march.
Usually, this means pastoral celebrations and druids dancing around the maypole.
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