1

middle

adjective mid·dle \ ˈmi-dᵊl \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of middle

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

Examples of middle in a Sentence

  1. during the century's middle decades

  2. High temperatures today should be in the middle 80s.

  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt's middle initial stood for “Delano.”

Recent Examples of middle from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'middle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of middle

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


2

middle

noun

Definition of middle

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

Examples of middle in a Sentence

  1. A good essay will have a clear beginning, middle, and end.

  2. He stood exactly in the middle of the room.

  3. She opened the book to the middle and began to read.

  4. The car stopped in the middle of the road.

  5. The house should be finished by the middle of next summer.

  6. The beginning and ending of the movie were good, but the middle was pretty boring.

  7. She put her arms around his middle.

  8. He tied the sash around his middle.

Recent Examples of middle from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'middle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of middle

before 12th century

middle Synonyms


MIDDLE Defined for English Language Learners

middle

adjective

Definition of middle for English Language Learners

  • : equally distant from the ends or sides : halfway between two points

  • : in a state or place between two things or people


middle

noun

Definition of middle for English Language Learners

  • : a middle part, point, or position

  • : the middle part of a person's body


MIDDLE Defined for Kids

1

middle

adjective mid·dle \ ˈmi-dᵊl \

Definition of middle for Students

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

2

middle

noun

Definition of middle for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up middle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of or relating to dancing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu-jedi-training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!