an agreement to establish a government, entered into by the Pilgrims in the cabin of the Mayflower on November 11, 1620.
An agreement reached by the Pilgrims on the ship the Mayflower in 1620, just before they landed at Plymouth Rock. The Mayflower Compact bound them to live in a civil society according to their own laws. It remained the fundamental law of their colony of Plymouth until the colony was absorbed into Massachusetts in the late seventeenth century.
Note: The Mayflower Compact was the first written constitution in North America.
[mey-flahy] /ˈmeɪˌflaɪ/ noun, plural mayflies. 1. Also called shadfly. any insect of the order Ephemeroptera, having delicate, membranous wings with the front pair much larger than the rear and having an aquatic larval stage and a terrestrial adult stage usually lasting less than two days. 2. Also, May fly. Angling. an artificial fly made to […]
[mey-hap, mey-hap] /ˌmeɪˈhæp, ˈmeɪˌhæp/ adverb, Archaic. 1. . /ˈmeɪˌhæp/ adverb 1. an archaic word for perhaps 1530s, from phrase (it) may hap.
[mey-hap-uh n] /ˌmeɪˈhæp ən/ adverb, Archaic. 1. perhaps; mayhap.
- May-hegglin anomaly
May-Hegglin anomaly (mā’-) n. See Hegglin’s anomaly.