mid·​land | \ ˈmid-lənd , -ˌland\

Definition of midland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the interior or central region of a country

2 capitalized

a : the dialect of English spoken in the midland counties of England
b : the dialect of English spoken in an area of the east central U.S. often divided into north Midland extending westward from an area including southern New Jersey; northern Delaware and Maryland; central and southern Pennsylvania; and central Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois and south Midland extending westward and southwestward from an area including the Appalachian regions of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia; Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia; and southern Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois


geographical name
Mid·​land | \ ˈmid-lənd \

Definition of Midland (Entry 2 of 2)

1 city in central Michigan northwest of Saginaw population 41,863
2 city in western Texas northeast of Odessa population 111,147

Note: Midland is approximately midway between Fort Worth and El Paso.

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midland adjective, often capitalized
Midlander \ -​lən-​dər , -​ˌlan-​ \ noun

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Likethumb_up6 Replyreply Linklink Copy Reportflag aaron midland 18 hours ago (Edited) Two flaws in your logic: 1. Mark Berman, Washington Post, "Baton Rouge police release video showing fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, plan to fire one officer," 30 Mar. 2018 Speaking after West Brom's 1-1 home draw with Swansea City at the weekend, Ben Foster has urged the midlands outfit to 'finish strongly', despite facing almost certain relegation to the second tier of English football. SI.com, "Ben Foster Urges West Brom to 'Finish Strongly' Despite Relegation Looming Large for the Baggies," 11 Apr. 2018 Nuno arrived in the west midlands shortly after leaving Porto in 2017 and oversaw promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking. SI.com, "Wolves Manager Nuno Espirito Santo Signs New 3-Year Contract at Molineux Until 2021," 10 July 2018 Or in the shank of a fine October in the midlands, with the year in quick decline. Charles W. Gusewelle, kansascity, "For Father’s Day, a favorite column from Charles Gusewelle: That miracle day," 16 June 2018 The young cellist, who comes from from Nottingham in England's midlands region, was the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Sheku Kanneh-Mason, royal wedding cellist, gives breathtaking performance," 19 May 2018 The midlands club struggled all afternoon and did not create anything to trouble Palace after the early stages. SI.com, "Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom: Palace End Their Season on a High After Easing Past West Brom," 13 May 2018 As claimed by Footy Headlines, the details of the potential contract are unknown, but the midlands side are believed to have made the decision to change kit sponsors. SI.com, "West Brom 'Ditch Kit Sponsor Adidas' After 7 Seasons Ahead of New Puma Deal," 22 Mar. 2018 The former Chelsea man apparently turned down a switch to Newcastle for 'geographical reasons' before completing his move to the midlands on Monday. SI.com, "Daniel Sturridge Claims He's 'Home' at West Brom After Rejecting Newcastle for Geographical Reasons," 30 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of midland


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the central region of a country

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