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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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 The first is her signature, while the second is the number 23 in roman numerals (XXIII), which Page Six speculates is a reference to her middle name since 23 was Michael Jordan's jersey number. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "Kaia Gerber Got Her First Ever Teeny Tiny Tattoo," 12 Oct. 2018 In 2014, the couple had their son and first child, Delano — which happens to be Craig's middle name. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Meet 'Today' Anchor Craig Melvin and His Beautiful Wife and Kids," 7 Sep. 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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