Middle America


: the region of the western hemisphere including Mexico, Central America, often the West Indies, and sometimes Colombia and Venezuela
: the midwestern section of the U.S.
: the middle-class segment of the U.S. population
especially : the traditional or conservative element of the middle class
middle-American adjective
Middle American noun

Examples of Middle America in a Sentence

a politician who understands the needs of Middle America
Recent Examples on the Web The task of identifying a pro football dynasty occurs every so often, and these days the topic is especially relevant in Middle America as the Kansas City Chiefs continue to stack their accomplishments. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 Given those realities, pro-life leaders and organizations should focus their energy and resources on the hard work of persuading Middle America and changing public sentiment in the states, where the issue will be contested. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 The simple plot of Strange Way of Life is a love story, set in the Old West — not the phony Middle America that was the basis of Brokeback Mountain’s tendentious political correctness. Armond White, National Review, 27 Oct. 2023 Located some five miles northeast of downtown, out near the silos and cornfields of Middle America, NMUSAF preserves more than 350 aerospace vehicles and missiles, and thousands of other artifacts. Leo Deluca, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Sep. 2023 From my perspective, in this industry, we had been told time and again that our stories wouldn’t connect with Middle America. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 14 Aug. 2023 By the Reagan ’80s and the Clinton ’90s, as economic prosperity helped cloister Middle America from the tragic fallout of epidemics like AIDS and crack, erotic thrillers from Body Heat to Cruising needled the collective subconscious about infidelity, queerness, female empowerment. Time, 11 Aug. 2023 Some stations use new tools to draw in a listening audience, and millennials are increasingly seeking out more affordable (and plentiful) living space in Middle America. Sarah Baird, New York Times, 11 July 2023 One prominent Republican who does not support Trump was highly critical of the prison comment, noting that suburban moms and others from Middle America whose support is important in elections go to Disney World. Hannah Knowles, Isaac Arnsdorf, Josh Dawsey and Maeve Reston, The Washington Post, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Middle America was in 1841

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“Middle America.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Middle%20America. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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