Definition of maypole in English:

maypole

noun

  • A painted pole, decorated with flowers, round which people traditionally dance on May Day holding long ribbons attached to the top.

    ‘the schoolchildren dance round a short maypole erected on the green’
    • ‘These two are erecting a maypole and tent for the annual garden fest to delight the local children.’
    • ‘There seems to be a sense that the core dynamic is the same: nursing, for all its new independence and expertise, is still dancing around the medical maypole.’
    • ‘I remember holding a maypole while my girlfriends danced around me.’
    • ‘There will be music, maypole dancing and face painting.’
    • ‘Whatever happened to good old May Queen's, Morris dancing and ribbon dancing around a maypole.’
    • ‘How could he not dance in uniform round the maypole with the rest of them?’
    • ‘It is everywhere taken as the first sure sign of spring, and in England it is used to decorate the traditional maypole.’
    • ‘The village is the site of one of the last remaining maypoles in England and locals celebrate in style with a weekend of dancing, entertainment and drinking.’
    • ‘I'm a little too old and far too creaky to dance round the maypole but I did do a little jig by the oak tree.’
    • ‘Children were gathered around the maypole, holding onto the brightly colored ribbons, and dancing around.’
    • ‘The maypole dancing unfortunately coincided with a particularly heavy shower but the young performers bravely completed their routine despite the deluge.’
    • ‘I'll just go and run a couple of times round a maypole and decide.’
    • ‘Now we are asked to hold hands and dance around the maypole together, celebrating mediocrity.’
    • ‘The lord watched his daughter dance the maypole with the other young people.’
    • ‘In many countries, a maypole with long ribbons attached to the top is part of the celebration.’
    • ‘Jock-bashing is just another grand old English tradition, a bit like morris dancing or cavorting round a maypole.’
    • ‘The symbolism of the pole decorated with ribbons and garlands was deeply offensive to the Puritans and maypoles were forbidden by Oliver Cromwell's parliament from 1644.’
    • ‘The largest piece of art was a working carousel that blew bubbles and was festooned with fake animals, flowers and ribbons - literally a maypole come to life.’
    • ‘Get ye to a maypole dance for more traditional sorts of fertility blessings.’
    • ‘As the sun came up, pipers played and visitors watched fire juggling and danced around a maypole.’

Pronunciation

maypole

/ˈmeɪpəʊl/