midlife crisis


Definition of midlife crisis

: a period of emotional turmoil in middle age characterized especially by a strong desire for change

Examples of midlife crisis in a Sentence

We knew he was going through a midlife crisis when he bought a new sports car.
Recent Examples on the Web From making new friends, to finishing your project and learning a new hobby, there are many ways to help tackle the lonely feeling on a midlife crisis. Ebony Williams, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 Straight Man centers on William Henry Devereaux Jr. (Odenkirk), the unlikely chairman of the English department in a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt who is going through a midlife crisis. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Apr. 2022 The movie starred Jill Clayburgh as Erica Benton, an Upper West Side sophisticate whose comfortable life unravels when her husband moves out during a midlife crisis. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Apr. 2022 Straight Man is the midlife crisis story of William Henry Deveraux Jr. (Odenkirk), the unlikely chair of the English department at Railton College, a badly underfunded school in the Pennsylvania rust belt. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 The first clue that Linoleum is not a typical midlife crisis drama arrives in the form of a cherry-red convertible. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2022 And make no mistake: Facebook is firmly stuck in a midlife crisis. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2022 Larry was complaining that Maya was having a midlife crisis. CBS News, 19 Feb. 2022 This debut offers an acute, painfully funny front-row view of a midlife crisis in action. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'midlife crisis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of midlife crisis

1965, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About midlife crisis

Time Traveler for midlife crisis

Time Traveler

The first known use of midlife crisis was in 1965

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near midlife crisis


midlife crisis


See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for midlife crisis

Last Updated

5 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Midlife crisis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midlife%20crisis. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for midlife crisis

midlife crisis


Medical Definition of midlife crisis

: a period of emotional turmoil in middle age caused by the realization that one is no longer young and characterized especially by a strong desire for change


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!