Simple Definition of midst
: the middle area or part of something
: the period of time when something is happening or being done
—used to say that someone is among the people in a group
Full Definition of midst
1 : the interior or central part or point : middle <in the midst of the forest>
2 : a position of proximity to the members of a group <a traitor in our midst>
3 : the condition of being surrounded or beset <in the midst of his troubles>
4 : a period of time about the middle of a continuing act or condition <in the midst of a meal>
Examples of midst
The river passes through the midst of the city.
a bustling city in the midst of the desert
We are in the midst of a terrible war.
They were in the midst of remodeling their house.
The region is currently in the midst of a terrible drought.
We never gave up hope in the midst of our troubles.
Origin of midst
Middle English middest, alteration of middes, short for amiddes amid
First Known Use: 15th century
MIDST Defined for Kids
Definition of midst
1 : the middle or central part <in the midst of the forest>
2 : a position among the members of a group <a stranger in our midst>
3 : the condition of being surrounded <in the midst of dangers>
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