middle

adjective
mid·​dle | \ ˈmi-dᵊl How to pronounce middle (audio) \

Definition of middle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : equally distant from the extremes : medial, central the middle house in the row
2 : being at neither extreme : intermediate

3 capitalized

a : constituting a division intermediate between those prior and later or upper and lower Middle Paleozoic
b : constituting a period of a language or literature intermediate between one called Old and one called New or Modern Middle Dutch
4 of a verb form or voice : typically asserting that a person or thing both performs and is affected by the action represented

middle

noun

Definition of middle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a middle part, point, or position
2 : the central portion of the human body : waist
3 : the position of being among or in the midst of something in the middle of the crowd
4 : something intermediate between extremes : mean
5 : the center of an offensive or defensive formation especially : the area between the second baseman and the shortstop
middle of nowhere
: an extremely remote and isolated place ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere

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Examples of middle in a Sentence

Adjective

during the century's middle decades High temperatures today should be in the middle 80s. Franklin D. Roosevelt's middle initial stood for “Delano.”

Noun

A good essay will have a clear beginning, middle, and end. He stood exactly in the middle of the room. She opened the book to the middle and began to read. The car stopped in the middle of the road. The house should be finished by the middle of next summer. The beginning and ending of the movie were good, but the middle was pretty boring. She put her arms around his middle. He tied the sash around his middle.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Southampton has a diverse population, which includes—along with Thurston Howell-ish blue bloods and unreal housewives—many middle-class residents, and members of the Shinnecock tribe, whose reservation borders the village. Bob Morris, The New Yorker, "How Old Are You, Mr. Mayor?," 19 Aug. 2019 The tax cut law passed at the end of 2017 added hundreds of dollars to many middle-class families' take-home pay last year, according to the Tax Policy Center. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. consumers are holding up global economy, but for how long?," 17 Aug. 2019 The tax cut law passed at the end of 2017 added hundreds of dollars to many middle-class families’ take-home pay last year, according to the Tax Policy Center. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "American consumers are holding up the global economy. But for how long?," 17 Aug. 2019 The South Bend mayor also favors an expansion of Pell grants and making college debt-free for low- and middle-class students. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Democratic divide in Iowa: Will ‘Medicare for All’ and free college appeal to rural voters or send them back to Trump in 2020?," 16 Aug. 2019 Giving up the one-size-fits-all model of financial relationships, such as the brick-and-mortar bank or middle-class mortgage, opens the door to customization, specialization, and reimagining customer-business relationships. Kathryn Petralia, Fortune, "Regulate Fintechs for What They Do, Not What They Don’t," 15 Aug. 2019 The fact-checking expansion to local languages also comes as Facebook’s user base increasingly grows beyond the elite and middle-class as internet access costs and smartphone prices fall. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Facebook is going after fake news in local African languages," 14 Aug. 2019 Neighbors said the McLeods, who had moved to the area about 20 years ago, were a middle-class family who mostly kept to themselves. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Hometown of Canadian Teenage Murder Suspects Grapples With Infamy," 13 Aug. 2019 The same can’t be said for upper-middle-class suburban families that choose not to vaccinate their children. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "This Land Is Their Land, Too," 12 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With N'Golo Kante and Willian also not at full fitness, Lampard's side could look weak in the middle and on the wings. SI.com, "Manchester United vs Chelsea Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 6 Aug. 2019 This type of service is called direct primary care because doctors deal directly with patients, without any insurance companies in the middle. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "These Detroit doctors help people with no insurance, high deductibles," 6 Aug. 2019 In their place, the first-team defense featured Chris Smith and Anthony Zettel at defensive ends, with Trevon Coley and Devaroe Lawrence in the middle. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns training camp defensive report: Starting defensive line watches from the sidelines," 5 Aug. 2019 An excellent passer who can also play in the middle, Pavón will likely push wide in the Galaxy midfield. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Galaxy and Argentina player Cristian Pavón to continue negotiations this weekend," 3 Aug. 2019 The number 5 was in the middle, signifying a May expiration for 2020. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 Somewhere in the middle is Mixcloud Select, which allows users to subscribe directly to an individual creator for a flexible monthly price set by the creator from $2.99. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Mixcloud Introduces Premium Subscription and Restricts Free Playback," 31 July 2019 Two out of three, flush the one in the middle and get back to it. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins escape with narrow victory over Marlins," 30 July 2019 Mark Sagliocco Getty Images At her latest Miami concert, Jennifer Lopez stopped in the middle to bring out an enormous cake and sing happy birthday to her fiancé Alex Rodriguez. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Stopping Her Concert to Sing Happy Birthday to Alex Rodriguez Is Everything I Needed," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of middle

Adjective

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for middle

Adjective

Middle English middel, from Old English; akin to Old English midde

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More Definitions for middle

middle

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of middle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: equally distant from the ends or sides : halfway between two points
: in a state or place between two things or people

middle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of middle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a middle part, point, or position
: the middle part of a person's body

middle

adjective
mid·​dle | \ ˈmi-dᵊl How to pronounce middle (audio) \

Kids Definition of middle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : equally distant from the ends : central the middle aisle
2 : being at neither extreme : halfway between two opposite states or conditions of middle size

middle

noun

Kids Definition of middle (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part, point, or position that is equally distant from the ends or opposite sides : center the middle of the room

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