from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The fifth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. See Table at calendar.
- n. The springtime of life; youth.
- n. The celebration of May Day.
- CapeMay A peninsula of southern New Jersey between the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay. The southern tip forms Cape May Point.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar, following April and preceding June.
- proper n. The hawthorn or its blossoms (as it blooms in May)
- proper n. A female given name, pet name for Mary and Margaret, reinforced by the month and plant meaning.
- proper n. A surname.
Middle English, from Old French Mai, from Latin Māius (mēnsis), (the month) of Maia, from Māia, an Italic goddess; see meg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 (Wiktionary)