(noun, verb)


1. the month following April and preceding June

Definition categories: time

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

Similar word(s): whitethorn

Definition categories: plant, haw, hawthorn


1. (obsolete, intransitive) To be strong; to have power (over). [8th-17th c.]

2. (obsolete, auxiliary) To be able; can. [8th-17th c.]

3. (intransitive, poetic) To be able to go. [from 9th c.]

4. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To have permission to, be allowed. Used in granting permission and in questions to make polite requests. [from 9th c.]

- you may smoke outside;

5. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) Expressing a present possibility; possibly. [from 13th c.]

- he may be lying;

6. (subjunctive present, defective) Expressing a wish (with present subjunctive effect). [from 16th c.]

- may you win;  may the weather be sunny

7. Used in modesty, courtesy, or concession, or to soften a question or remark.

8. To gather may.