mid·​land ˈmid-lənd How to pronounce midland (audio)
: the interior or central region of a country
: the dialect of English spoken in the midland counties of England
: 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
midland adjective often capitalized
Midlander noun

Examples of midland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two decades ago, a group of amateur archaeologists unearthed a large metal object from a hillside in the English midlands. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 Sunak said £36 billion ($43.7 billion) in savings would be redirected to new transport projects in the English midlands, the north of the UK and elsewhere. Mark Thompson, CNN, 5 Oct. 2023 Business continues as usual in accommodation establishments, beaches, and other tourist sites located in areas near the coast and in the midlands, the office said. David Brunat, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2023 Kate visited Nuneaton, which is in the midlands, to meet health visitors taking part in a new study which has received a £50,000 grant from her royal foundation. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 15 June 2023 Lee Anderson, a Tory who won his midland seat from Labour in Mr. Johnson’s 2019 landslide, warned in the Daily Mail that his constituents already are disillusioned with the Conservatives over energy costs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 Nottingham Forest confidently dispatched midlands rivals Birmingham City, beating the Blues 3-0, and claiming their first league win in the process. SI.com, 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, 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, 25 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of midland was in the 15th century

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“Midland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midland. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


mid·​land ˈmid-lənd How to pronounce midland (audio)
: the central region of a country
midland adjective

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Mid·​land ˈmid-lənd How to pronounce Midland (audio)
city in central Michigan northwest of Saginaw population 41,863
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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