variants or amidst
ə-ˈmidst How to pronounce amid (audio)
: in or into the middle of : surrounded by : among
amid the crowd
: during
amid the fighting
: with the accompaniment of
resigned amid rumors of misconduct

Example Sentences

It was hard to hear amid all the cheering. The investigation comes amid growing concerns. Amid such changes, one thing stayed the same. He managed to escape amid the confusion. There was a single dark bird amid a flock of white pigeons.
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Word History


amid from Middle English amidde, from Old English onmiddan, from on + middan, dative of midde mid; amidst from Middle English amiddes, from amidde + -es -s

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amid was before the 12th century

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“Amid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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variants or amidst
: in or into the middle of
amid the crowd

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