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 Silicon Valley used to offer these workers a middle-class living through good-paying manufacturing jobs in the tech industry. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Race and class divide: Black and Hispanic service workers are tech's growing underclass," 11 July 2020 The original series aired from 1988 to 1993 and followed a white middle-class family in the 1960s. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Lee Daniels' The Wonder Years Reboot Featuring Black Family Greenlit at ABC," 9 July 2020 Upper-middle-class women who don’t work use their days to primp, shop, and work out, while being deprived of professional activity and achievements, and of stimulation beyond one another’s mutually reinforcing desperation. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Rediscovering “The Happy Ending,” a Movie About the Dreams and Delusions of Marriage (and the Movies)," 7 July 2020 Conversación en la catedral (1969), a novel about a young middle-class Peruvian man who gets involved in leftist politics, sits unread and fading on a windowsill. Andrew Altschul, The New York Review of Books, "Fiction and Responsibility," 6 July 2020 The show follows a black family living in an upper-middle-class area who deal with the ups and downs of life as a team. Alex Darus, cleveland, "13 TV shows that break racial stereotypes," 6 July 2020 Visionary engineer Mancherji Edulji Joshi persuaded British authorities to set aside plots for lower middle-class Parsis, and drew up a blueprint of a model neighborhood, detailed to the type of flowers and trees to be planted on the streets. Rhea Mogul, CNN, "One of India's richest minority groups enjoys some of Mumbai's best rents. Here's why," 4 July 2020 Fang Fang’s account makes clear that as the geopolitical differences between the Chinese regime and the United States grow by the day, the lives of middle-class Chinese meanwhile seem ever less exotic and ever more similar to those of Americans. James Mann, Washington Post, "A Wuhan writer, on the ground at the center of the outbreak," 2 July 2020 Yet not all recipients were already wealthy or became so due to the payouts; UCL records show many middle-class Britons also benefited from the bonds. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: United Kingdom finished paying off debts to slave-owning families in 2015," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What is now a sobering reality for Trevino is what could happen next to Houston renters left without a place to call home in the middle of a pandemic. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Nearly 40 percent of Texans now struggle to pay rent. Here's where to turn for help.," 30 July 2020 Little did Chaganty know that his filmmaking strategy would be an invaluable model for making movies in the middle of a global pandemic. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "How Do You Make Movies in a Pandemic? Ask Horror Directors," 30 July 2020 The family was in the middle of finalizing their cross-country move from New York City to Los Angeles when Cordero fell ill with the novel coronavirus. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Nick Cordero's Wife Writes Heartbreaking Note About 'Loss' After His Death: 'We Lost Our Family'," 29 July 2020 In the middle of the service, the family learned that Salvador had passed away. Ed Lavandera, CNN, "Coronavirus is ravaging entire South Texas families and medical teams," 29 July 2020 If teams have to shut down in the middle of that for one or two weeks, there’s going to be even more ground to make up and no margin for error. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: What's the rush? ACC pressing forward with football is part of big college sports gamble in coronavirus era," 29 July 2020 Could a school like CMU, where the athletic department refuses to report any coronavirus information, currently be in the middle of a Clemson-like outbreak? Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Mid-American Conference schools lack transparency on COVID-19 data. Here's why it matters," 13 July 2020 Reopening schools in the middle of the pandemic has triggered a national debate with parents wanting more options for in-person classes and teachers advocating for safety via distance learning. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "Santa Clara-area school district delays return to classrooms amid coronavirus pandemic," 12 July 2020 Between 300 and 400 people gathered for two hours last week, joining together in the middle of the iconic bridge and worshipping in defiance of the Democrat governor's new order, according to organizers. Fox News, "Hundreds protest California’s singing ban at Golden Gate Bridge: ‘Let us worship’," 14 July 2020

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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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The first known use of middle was before the 12th century

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20 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Middle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for middle

middle

adjective
How to pronounce middle (audio)

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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