See also: May Day

TranslingualEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French m'aider, short for Venez m'aider! or Viens m'aider! (Come help me!).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeɪ.deɪ/
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InterjectionEdit

mayday

  1. (radio) emergency, need assistance
    • 2004, Ken Wishaw, Helicopter Rescue: The true story of Australia's first full-time chopper doctor, page 82
      'Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!' came the call.

Usage notesEdit

When making a distress call, mayday is said three times in succession (mayday, mayday, mayday) to signal that the message is an actual distress signal (as opposed to, e.g., a message about a mayday signal, or a mention of May Day or something else sounding similar to mayday).

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TranslationsEdit

The call mayday is the international standard emergency call. However, many local variations also exist.

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NounEdit

mayday (plural maydays)

  1. An international distress signal used by shipping and aircraft.
    • 2002, Clive Cussler, Valhalla Rising, page 47
      "Odd that she hasn't sent out a Mayday."
      "That is curious. Her radio must be disabled."

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