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

Since her breakout World Cup in 2015, Bronze, whose middle name is also her mother’s maiden name, has been on a high with the national team as well. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "World Cup Group D preview: Lucy Bronze hopes to make England a tough match," 4 June 2019 Charles may be more likely as a middle name should Baby Sussex be a boy. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "9 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Baby Name Predictions," 18 Apr. 2019 Said baby would also join her cousin Princess Charlotte, whose middle names are Elizabeth Diana. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Name Their Baby Diana?," 30 Mar. 2019 Their baby boy's middle names are reportedly Michael and William, in honor of Pippa's father and royal brother-in-law, respectively. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Looks Chic During a Rare Outing with Her Son Arthur," 1 Mar. 2019 Although the super-private couple didn't disclose their baby boy's name at the time, The Mail on Sunday now reports that their son's name is Arthur and his middle names are Michael and William. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton's Son's Name Was Reportedly Revealed and It Sounds So Royal," 12 Nov. 2018 The Russian people convey personality in the use of first and middle names. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Searching for Russia's soul, then and now, in 'Boris Godunov'," 19 June 2018 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

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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
informal : a word that accurately describes a person's qualities

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