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1 the month following April and preceding June
2 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 [syn: whitethorn, English hawthorn, Crataegus laevigata, Crataegus oxycantha]

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Alternative spellings

  • (female given name): Mae


, from , from mai, from Maius, 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


  • , /meɪ/, /meI/
  • Rhymes: -eɪ

Proper noun

  1. The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar, following April and preceding June.
  2. The hawthorn or its blossoms (as it blooms in May)
  3. A given name, pet name for Mary and Margaret, reinforced by the month and plant meaning
  4. A surname.

Usage notes

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


fifth month of the Gregorian calendar
hawthorn or its blossoms
given name


Proper noun

  1. A given name borrowed from English.


Proper noun

  1. A given name borrowed from English.

Extensive Definition

May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. It is also a month within the season of spring.
May begins with the sun in the sign of Taurus and ends in the sign of Gemini. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Aries and ends in the constellation of Taurus.
The month may have been named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. See:-Months in various calendars
In Japan, there is a so-called 'May sickness', where new students or workers start to be tired of their new schoolwork or jobs. (In Japan schoolyears and fiscal years start on April 1st.)
No other month starts on the same day of the week as May in common years.

Events in May

Monthlong events in May

Weeklong Events in May

3rd Week in May

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may in Afrikaans: Mei
may in Tosk Albanian: Mai
may in Amharic: መይ
may in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Þrimilcemōnaþ
may in Arabic: مايو
may in Aragonese: Mayo
may in Official Aramaic (700-300 BCE): ܐܝܪ
may in Franco-Provençal: Mê
may in Asturian: Mayu
may in Guarani: Jasypo
may in Aymara: Llamayu phaxsi
may in Azerbaijani: May
may in Bengali: মে
may in Min Nan: 5 goe̍h
may in Belarusian: Май
may in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Травень
may in Bosnian: Maj
may in Breton: Mae
may in Bulgarian: Май
may in Catalan: Maig
may in Yakut: Ыам ыйа
may in Chuvash: Çу
may in Cebuano: Mayo
may in Czech: Květen
may in Corsican: Maghju
may in Welsh: Mai
may in Danish: Maj
may in German: Mai
may in Dhivehi: މެއި
may in Lower Sorbian: Rozhelony
may in Estonian: Mai
may in Modern Greek (1453-): Μάιος
may in Erzya: Панжиков
may in Spanish: Mayo
may in Esperanto: Majo
may in Basque: Maiatz
may in Ewe: Damɛ
may in Extremaduran: Mayu
may in Persian: مه (ماه)
may in Faroese: Mai
may in French: Mai
may in Western Frisian: Maaie
may in Friulian: Mai
may in Irish: Bealtaine
may in Gan Chinese: 五月
may in Manx: Boaldyn
may in Scottish Gaelic: An Cèitean
may in Galician: Maio
may in Korean: 5월
may in Armenian: Մայիս
may in Hindi: मई
may in Upper Sorbian: Meja
may in Croatian: Svibanj
may in Ido: Mayo
may in Igbo: May
may in Iloko: Mayo
may in Indonesian: Mei
may in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Maio
may in Interlingue: May
may in Icelandic: Maí
may in Italian: Maggio
may in Hebrew: מאי
may in Javanese: Mei
may in Pampanga: Mayu
may in Kannada: ಮೇ
may in Georgian: მაისი
may in Kashubian: Môj
may in Kazakh: Мамыр
may in Cornish: Mys Me
may in Kirghiz: Май
may in Swahili (macrolanguage): Mei
may in Haitian: Me
may in Kurdish: Gulan
may in Ladino: Mayo
may in Lao: ພຶດສະພາ
may in Latin: Maius
may in Latvian: Maijs
may in Luxembourgish: Mee
may in Lithuanian: Gegužė
may in Ligurian: Mazzo
may in Limburgan: Mei
may in Lingala: Sánzá ya mítáno
may in Hungarian: Május
may in Malagasy: Mey
may in Malayalam: മേയ്
may in Maltese: Mejju
may in Maori: Haratua
may in Marathi: मे
may in Malay (macrolanguage): Mei
may in Dutch: Mei
may in Dutch Low Saxon: Mei
may in Japanese: 5月
may in Neapolitan: Majo
may in Norwegian: Mai
may in Norwegian Nynorsk: Mai
may in Narom: Mai
may in Novial: Maye
may in Occitan (post 1500): Mai
may in Low German: Mai
may in Polish: Maj
may in Portuguese: Maio
may in Kölsch: Meij
may in Romanian: Mai
may in Quechua: Aymuray killa
may in Russian: Май
may in Northern Sami: Miessemánnu
may in Scots: Mey
may in Albanian: Maji
may in Sicilian: Maiu
may in Simple English: May
may in Silesian: Moj
may in Swati: ÍNkhwekhwéti
may in Slovak: Máj
may in Slovenian: Maj
may in Somali: Maajo
may in Serbian: Мај
may in Sundanese: Méi
may in Finnish: Toukokuu
may in Swedish: Maj
may in Tagalog: Mayo
may in Tamil: மே
may in Kabyle: Mayyu
may in Tatar: May
may in Telugu: మే
may in Thai: พฤษภาคม
may in Vietnamese: Tháng năm
may in Tajik: Май
may in Tok Pisin: Me
may in Turkish: Mayıs
may in Ukrainian: Травень
may in Urdu: مئی
may in Volapük: Mayul
may in Võro: Lehekuu
may in Walloon: May
may in Vlaams: Meie
may in Waray (Philippines): Mayo
may in Yiddish: מאי
may in Yoruba: May
may in Contenese: 5月
may in Samogitian: Gegožė
may in Chinese: 5月
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