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 Potentially complicating the decision was Biden's use at the college of her middle name, Tracy, sometimes in lieu of her last name, because her account information had to match in the remote teaching system. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Jill Biden's return to the classroom: "I want students to see me as their English teacher"," 31 Mar. 2021 Michelle is her middle name; her surname is Rodriguez. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Burgundy Woods is on the rise as home-grown fashionista, style influencer and champion of unsung fashion heroes," 29 Mar. 2021 Yue often called Elliott by his middle name, Lamont. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Spa shooter killed a compassionate, generous woman, her sons say," 2 Apr. 2021 His middle name was a nod to the Irish Republican Army leader Thomas Barry, his family said. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "David Pudlin, New Britain labor organizer and former Connecticut House majority leader who fought for the working poor, dies at 69," 20 Mar. 2021 Orin is his father’s middle name; Swift is his mother’s maiden name. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Morton’s, Orin Swift team up for wine dinner," 28 Feb. 2021 His middle name was Phoenix, and his WoW character was a Tauren hunter named Ephoenix. Tanner Laguatan, Wired, "When World of Warcraft Is an Escape—and a Memorial," 19 Feb. 2021 Trujillo’s own middle name was Leónidas, after the Spartan king who martyred himself with 300 of his soldiers at Thermopylae, and who has become an icon of the far right. New York Times, "He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?," 2 Feb. 2021 And Santino’s middle name is Vincenzo, like my dad. BostonGlobe.com, "‘We are broken now’: A year after the pandemic began, one family loses two loved ones to COVID-19," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of middle name

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of middle name was in 1835

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7 May 2021

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“Middle name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middle%20name. Accessed 17 May. 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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