middle name


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.”
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to countless beauty campaigns, the 29-year-old model has appeared on the Victoria's Secret catwalk and the pages of Sports Illustrated, so confidence is practically her middle name. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Sara Sampaio on Her Power Scent, Glowy Skin Secrets, and Biggest Beauty Rule," 27 Jan. 2021 Like his famous sisters, the oldest Olsen of Jarnett Olsen and David Olsen, who goes by his middle name, has also been involved in the acting world. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'WandaVision' Star Elizabeth Olsen Gets Honest About Growing Up With Mary-Kate and Ashley," 23 Jan. 2021 As the line stretched out the door and the tension built, Redman befriended the government worker, who asked to be identified by her middle name, Elizabeth, to protect her privacy. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, "D.C.’s Vaccine Jackpots Are Getting Out of Control," 13 Jan. 2021 Arthur is the middle name of Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Louis, while Henry is Prince Harry's real name. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie Revealed Her Pregnancy Bump in a Printed Mini Dress," 22 Dec. 2020 Michael Ellis McKean shares that very same legacy, handing down a middle name and a love of hunting to his eldest son. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "An Old-School Western Mule Deer Hunt, in Memory of Two Midwestern Dads," 13 Nov. 2020 Arthur, meanwhile, is a popular middle name among the royals, with Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Louis all sharing it. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Royal Experts Have Predicted What Princess Eugenie Will Name Her Baby," 5 Nov. 2020 Spencer's middle name is also significant: Avu is the name of Kaling's father. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Mindy Kaling reveals son Spencer's middle name after fan questions 'Caucasian' moniker," 5 Dec. 2020 Patricia’s middle name is Edward — and went to work subtweeting Lions beat writers and fans in order to get noticed. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "This is how the fake Matt Patricia burner account, @EddyPLionsFan, came to be," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of middle name

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Middle name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20name. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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