See also: may, mAy, máy, maý, mày, mấy, mây, and mãy

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • Ma (abbreviation)
  • (female given name): Mae

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English May, Mai, from Old French mai, from Latin Māius (Maia's month), from Maia, a Roman earth goddess.

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: , IPA(key): /meɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

Proper nounEdit

May (countable and uncountable, plural Mays)

 
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  1. The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar, following April and preceding June.
  2. A female given name, usually pet name for Mary and Margaret, reinforced by the month and plant meaning.
    • 1856 E. D. E. N. Southworth, The Widow's Son, T. B. Peterson (1867), page 210:
      [] I will not send Owen's Lily May to the almshouse." "Lily―what?" demanded Mrs. Morley rather sharply, for she was half provoked with what she mentally called Amy's whim of keeping the outcast child when she might send it to the asylum. "Lily May," said Amy, smiling. "Her name is Mary, and we called her first Little Mary, and then Little May. But Owen calls her Lily May."
    • 1982 Ruth Rendell, The Fever Tree and Other Stories, Hutchinson, →ISBN, page 119:
      Their parents named them June and May because their birthdays occurred in those months. [] May was like the time of year in which she had been born, changeable, chilly and warm by turns, sullen yet able to know and show loveliness that couldn't last.
    • 2010 Margaret Forster, Isa & May, Chatto & Windus, →ISBN, page 5:
      It's an awkward name: Isamay, pronounced Is-a-may. Isa is my paternal grandmother's name (shortened from Isabel) and May my maternal grandmother's (it comes, somehow, from Margaret). The amalgamation is, as you see, strictly alphabetical. Life, I feel, would have been much easier if they had chosen Maybel.
  3. A surname from Middle English.
  4. A number of places in the United States:
    1. A former settlement in Amador County, California.
    2. An unincorporated community in Lemhi County, Idaho.
    3. An unincorporated community in McDonald County, Missouri.
    4. A small town in Harper County, Oklahoma.
    5. An unincorporated community in Brown County, Texas.
    6. An unincorporated community in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
    7. A number of townships in the United States, listed under May Township.

Usage notesEdit

  • May (or Mae) is often used in conjoined names (e.g., Lillie Mae, Katie Mae, Fannie Mae).

Derived termsEdit

Terms derived from May

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Bislama: mei
  • Pitcairn-Norfolk: Mieh
  • Tok Pisin: Mei
  • Bengali: মে (me)
  • Burmese: မေ (me)
  • Chichewa: Meyi
  • Dari: می()
  • Hausa: Mayu
  • Hawaiian: Mei
  • Hindi: मई (maī)
  • Marshallese: Māe
  • Maori: Mei
  • Swahili: Mei
  • Tokelauan: Me
  • Tongan: , Me

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CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English May, from Middle English, from Old English, from Old French mai, from Latin māius (Maia's month), from Maia, a Roman earth goddess, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *magya (she who is great), from Proto-Indo-European base *meg- (great).

Proper nounEdit

May

  1. a female given name from English
  2. a surname from English

QuotationsEdit

For quotations using this term, see Citations:May.


FijianEdit

Proper nounEdit

May

  1. May

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Middle FrenchEdit

NounEdit

May m (plural Mays)

  1. May (month)

DescendantsEdit

  • French: mai
    • Guianese Creole:
    • Haitian Creole: me
    • English: may
    • Persian: مه(me)

NorwegianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English May.

Proper nounEdit

May

  1. a female given name

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English May.

Proper nounEdit

May c (genitive Mays)

  1. a female given name

TagalogEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English May.

Proper nounEdit

May

  1. a female given name from English

VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From may (lucky). Compare Hạnh with the same meanings.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

May

  1. a female given name