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

The middle child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge turns four years old tomorrow, May 2. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Is the Definition of Precious in Her Fourth Birthday Portraits Shot by Kate Middleton," 1 May 2019 First the aristocracy, then the middle and upper classes participated in a movement to document their living spaces, and the design, architecture and furniture of their homes and estates. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Why You Need to Start Collecting Interior Drawings," 19 Apr. 2019 The numbers reflect a decadeslong trend that has coincided with stagnant middle-class incomes, lower union membership and increased global trade. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Despite Tight Job Market, Labor Force’s Income Is Squeezed," 23 Feb. 2019 Our main story takes place in a middle-class neighborhood, but this is the other side of the spectrum, where the wealthiest families are. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Why the House in Roma Might Help Alfonso Cuaron's Masterpiece Win an Oscar," 5 Jan. 2019 My hard-working middle-class parents were accused of trying to get money from a rich and famous man. Fox News, "Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand's full victim impact statement to the court about her experience," 26 Sep. 2018 My hard-working middle-class parents were accused of trying to get money from a rich and famous man. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 2018 While each was modest and affordable for many middle-class home buyers, some were a bit more top of the line, as Mort and Edwards is built with cedar and outfitted with copper pipes. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "A Portland couple trades in a farmhouse for their midcentury dream home," 27 Aug. 2018 Photo composite: Crystal Tai/The Wall Street Journal Politicians in the old world and the middle kingdom have long had a common interest in developing alternatives to U.S. unilateralism. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Europe Wants a Better Deal With China Too," 11 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most people do this by starting a fast at night, skipping breakfast, and eating their first meal in the middle of the day. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What You Should Know About the 16:8 Diet Before You Start Fasting," 3 May 2019 In addition to taking a selfie with Terry Crews, BTS found themselves in the middle of very excited cluster of famous people. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Every Iconic BTS Moment You Missed During Billboard Music Awards 2019," 2 May 2019 Here's every time Sofia has found herself in the middle of a love triangle with Scott and Kourtney. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Drama That Has Come from the Kourtney Kardashian/Scott Disick/Sofia Richie Love Triangle," 30 Apr. 2019 Booker formally announced his presidential campaign more than two months ago but has been mired in the middle of a crowded field of candidates. Alexandra Jaffe, The Seattle Times, "Workers’ rights are a 2020 campaign focus this weekend," 14 Apr. 2019 The first attack came in the middle of dinner prep. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 The middle is all about the people who helped him create it. Marisa Polansky And Kristine Keller, Vogue, "A Helpful Guide to Nailing Your Oscars Acceptance Speech," 24 Feb. 2019 The irregular dark shape that runs up the middle is Burchartz’s hairline. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Beyond Truth: Photography After the Shutter’ Review: The Ever-Evolving Image," 23 Feb. 2019 The wide-open middle is great to stuff all my travel essentials in: Victoria’s Secret Bombshell travel-size spray, Karl Lagerfeld + ModelCo lip gloss, a charger cable for my phone, gum, and some bitcoin [laughs]. Harper's BAZAAR, "Stella Maxwell Reveals Her Style & Beauty Secrets," 13 Sep. 2018

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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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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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