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Dictionary Definition

Mayday n : an internationally recognized distress signal via radiotelephone (from the French m'aider)

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English

Etymology

From m'aider (short for « Venez m'aider! », "Come help me!")

Pronunciation

Noun

mayday!
  1. An international distress signal used by shipping and aircraft

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Extensive Definition

Mayday or May Day may refer to:
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mayday in German: Mayday
mayday in French: Mayday
mayday in Indonesian: Mayday
mayday in Dutch: Mayday
mayday in Japanese: メーデー (曖昧さ回避)
mayday in Polish: Mayday
mayday in Russian: Mayday

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Klaxon, SOS, air-raid alarm, alarm, alarm bell, alarm clock, alarm signal, alarum, alert, all clear, beacon, blinking light, burglar alarm, buzzer, crostarie, fiery cross, fire alarm, fire bell, fire flag, five-minute gun, flashing light, fog bell, fog signal, foghorn, gale warning, hooter, horn, hue and cry, hurricane warning, lighthouse, note of alarm, occulting light, police whistle, signal of distress, siren, small-craft warning, still alarm, storm cone, storm flag, storm warning, tocsin, two-minute gun, upside-down flag, whistle
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