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.”

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My middle name, Nailah, for example, was given to me at a traditional naming ceremony. Glynn Pogue, Vogue, "In Defense of Cardi B’s Baby Name," 13 July 2018 Kulture's middle name, Kiari, comes from her father, as Offset's real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Cardi B Has a Priceless Explanation For Naming Her Daughter 'Kulture'," 12 July 2018 At his latest venture, Nakahara (middle name: Henry), offers two items: a burger (single, double or triple patty) and fries. Stan Parish, WSJ, "‘Go Beyond Sushi’: Tokyo’s Culinary Gems," 19 June 2018 His middle name, Mungo, has American literary resonances. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Pedaling Uphill, on a Bike and in a Marriage," 18 June 2018 Reina Isabella, who asked to be identified only by her first and middle name, had not seen her daughter Diana in 40 days. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "What it took to reunite one immigrant family separated under U.S. 'zero tolerance' policy," 12 July 2018 The names of the biological parents are removed, and the adoptive parents are listed as mother and father. The girl wants to change her first and middle names, too. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018 In 2015, Swingler founded Elena Victoria, using her first and middle name for the title. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Former Winnetkan uses summer camps to open world of fashion, sewing to young students," 24 May 2018 The first and middle names usually pay tribute to previous monarchs or relatives. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About the New Royal Baby," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of middle name

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of middle name

: a name between a person's first name and family name

: a word that accurately describes a person's qualities

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