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 Midland (audio) , -​ˌlan-​ \ noun

Examples of midland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nottingham Forest confidently dispatched midlands rivals Birmingham City, beating the Blues 3-0, and claiming their first league win in the process. SI.com, "Championship Roundup: Leeds Top the Table as Blackburn, Forest & Swansea Win," 17 Aug. 2019 The Mirror speculate that the £10m bid included fringe players Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill but was knocked back by the Baggies - with the midlands outfit holding on for nearer £16.5m. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Cancelo in City Talks, Man Utd Eye Ben Yedder, West Ham Bid for Rondon & More," 26 June 2019 The new one will connect London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds in the English midlands, promising to deliver train speeds of up to 250 miles per hour and reducing... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Train That Ran Over Boris Johnson," 25 Feb. 2020 With the draw against Wolves signalling an upturn in form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men, having lost on their last two visits to the midlands, the incident marred an otherwise positive performance. SI.com, "Juan Mata Speaks Out Against 'Cowardly' Social Media Users Following Racial Abuse of Paul Pogba," 22 Aug. 2019 By contrast, inner-city accents from parts of the country like the North East, where Hill grew up, and the midlands were the most disliked. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Fiona Hill is right, the Brits are still total snobs about accents," 22 Nov. 2019 In the midlands and coastal regions of the state, including Charleston, opioid addiction and overdose deaths remain the biggest threat, according to state data. Christine Vestal, USA TODAY, "Cheap and powerful 'meth 2.0' is ravaging communities and slowly killing its victims," 2 Nov. 2019 Wales international Lawrence has been impressive on the field for Phillip Cocu's side, scoring twice in seven games for the midlands club. SI.com, "Derby Duo Mason Bennett & Tom Lawrence Charged With Drink-Driving After Crash," 25 Sep. 2019 Expect a physical and even clash but Villa's prolonged good form and the Eagle's injury woes could see all three points return to the midlands. SI.com, "Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of midland


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Midland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midland. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of midland

: the central region of a country

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