mid·​land | \ ˈmid-lənd How to pronounce midland (audio) , -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 How to pronounce Midland (audio) \

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 \ ˈmid-​lən-​dər How to pronounce Midlander (audio) , -​ˌlan-​ \ noun

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If Westminster is being shaken up, no other member of Parliament has been quite so shaken as Matt Warman, who represents the Boston and Skegness constituency in England’s east midlands. Patrick Smith, NBC News, "As Brexit looms, the U.K.'s Conservative Party fights for survival," 21 July 2019 Meanwhile, the level-headed and likable Buttigieg would be hitting the midlands, coming off as the most reasonable person in the race. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Democrats’ dream ticket is Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg," 6 July 2019 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

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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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