May proper n

OFr mai < L. Maia, mother, nurse.

  1. Springtime; [fig.] youth; the early days; the part of life.
  2. Time of blooming; season of floral abundance;[fig.] young woman personified; Roman goddess of springtime.
  3. Hope; faith in promises; [fig.] rebirth; renewal; resurrection; time of new life.
  4. Late spring; fifth month of the year in New England; [fig.] place of refuge; time of safety.