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

The friend spoke to the San Antonio Express-News on condition that he be identified only by his middle name, Joseph. Guillermo Contreras, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio friend of accused El Paso gunman says he saw no hint of racism or violence," 9 Aug. 2019 Stella — who, at some point, preferred to be called by her middle name, Anne — was one of five children: brothers, Artis, John and Brad, and a sister, Cara. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019 But at her daughters’ suggestion, this new institute will bear Mars’s first and middle name. Washington Post, "National Cathedral will open a new educational center, thanks to $22 million in donations," 6 June 2019 The meanings behind little Archie's first and middle names are fairly simple. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Complicated History of the Royal Family's Last Name, Mountbatten-Windsor," 12 May 2019 Jay came from his middle name; Sebring was taken from the famous Florida race track. al, "Alabama born celebrity hairdresser died defending Sharon Tate from Manson Family," 9 Aug. 2019 Patrick and Darby - their names derived from her brother and his wife's middle names - were followed in October 2018 by four Cornish cross chickens, birds raised to be broilers. Mike Argento, chicagotribune.com, "Woman finds ‘purpose’ caring for abused, discarded animals," 6 Aug. 2019 Russians have three names; a first name, a patronymic (or a middle name that is based on their father’s first name) and a last name. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Chimes of a Lost Cathedral’ echo sounds of Russian past, present," 28 July 2019 But Perot changed his middle name in his early teens to honor his beloved father. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89," 9 July 2019

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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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