middle name

noun

Definition of middle name

1 : a name between one's first name and surname
2 : a term that is particularly apt to denote a person's qualities or affinities patience is her middle name

Examples of middle name in a Sentence

President John F. Kennedy's middle name was “Fitzgerald.”

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Arthur is one of the middle names of both Prince William and Prince Louis and is, of course, a nod to the great English king of myth and legend. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "These Are the Most Likely Names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby," 18 Oct. 2018 She was released, and got a ride to Brownsville, where her daughter, identified by her middle name, Dayana, was being held at a children’s shelter. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Each Day Is a Year’: A Migrant Mother’s Wait for a Reunion," 13 July 2018 Currently, Joan, which is Hocking’s middle name, boasts around 32 designers, the vast majority of which are women. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Meet a Former Avenue 32 Buyer Who Now Only Sells the Labels She Really Loves at Her E-Boutique, Joan," 19 Nov. 2018 Jason’s middle name is Ferus, and the gallery’s history informed his taste and his soul. Mickey Rapkin, Town & Country, "The Horror of Jason Blum," 17 Oct. 2018 As for the baby boy’s middle name, Teigen had a say in choosing the moniker. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Hilariously Shades John Legend as He Reveals Newborn Son's Name Inspiration," 20 May 2018 Louis is one of Prince William and Prince George’s middle names. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Bill Cosby’s conviction is a watershed. It also shows how hard it is to hold alleged abusers accountable.," 27 Apr. 2018 Most people knew her as Ann — her middle name — Perkins. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "The lives lost at Santa Fe High School," 19 May 2018 The only commemoration of that time lay in his middle name: Christian. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "While out for a jog, she discovered a baby buried alive. Twenty years later, they reunite," 17 May 2018

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1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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middle name

noun

English Language Learners Definition of middle name

: a name between a person's first name and family name
informal : a word that accurately describes a person's qualities

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