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



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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Every Day cookbook shares a recipe that will bring the 'wow factor' to your next meal: ‘The edges get so crisp, but the middle stays tender. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 31 July 2022 Apple customers tend to be middle and higher income and early adopters, said consumer tech analyst Carolina Milanesi, meaning the company is less likely to be hard hit by the uncertain economy. Caroline O'donovan, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 Board member Keaton Smith proposed taking time to explore the possibility of using the building for a middle or junior high magnet school that serves the whole child, using the community school model. Janelle Jessen, Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 Ross was captured extending his middle fingers toward the San Francisco Giants dugout by Marquee Sports Network’s TV broadcast Thursday during the Cubs’ 4-2 loss. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 30 July 2022 The Central Board also approved waiving membership dues for member schools for the 31st straight year – a cost savings of $84,875 for its member high schools, middle and junior high schools for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 29 July 2022 With Julian Blackmon guarding the deep middle third of the field, Cross has played the strong position, lining up as a coverage player in the box. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 29 July 2022 Typically, in the NFL, the defensive player who wears the green dot is the middle linebacker and is mostly responsible for making sure everyone is on the same page. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 29 July 2022 Every Japanese leader has flirted with this middle course. Richard J. Samuels, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new congressional map split the Black community in western Orange, formerly located almost entirely within District 10, right down the middle. Steven Lemongello, Orlando Sentinel, 28 July 2022 Two dozen cyclists rode down the middle of the street toward downtown. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 The asymmetrical lacing system (not straight down the middle), won subtle comfort points – but the laces themselves are thick and springy, which reduced precision in the overall wrap. Outside Online, 27 July 2022 Lee was driving a 2014 black Ford Fusion with a gold racing stripe down the middle of the hood and front bumper. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, 25 July 2022 Rodgers effortlessly tossed the ball down the middle of the field, where Nelson hauled it in ahead of Bears cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc for a 60-yard reception. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 25 July 2022 That split the neo-Nazi movement in West Germany down the middle, and suddenly it was divided into — well, almost the gay Nazis and the straight Nazis, the ones who supported Kühnen and still and the ones who didn’t. Brendan O'meara, Longreads, 21 July 2022 Several readers reached out after the review, and the verdict was split down the middle. The Indianapolis Star, 18 July 2022 Those loose ringlets were parted down the middle and styled with a few swoops of baby hairs. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of middle


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


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

History and Etymology for middle


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

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“Middle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for middle


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



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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