Definition of midst
1 : the interior or central part or point : middle in the midst of the forest
2 : a position of proximity to the members of a group a traitor in our midst
3 : the condition of being surrounded or beset in the midst of his troubles
4 : a period of time about the middle of a continuing act or condition in the midst of a meal
Examples of midst in a Sentence
The river passes through the midst of the city.
a bustling city in the midst of the desert
We are in the midst of a terrible war.
They were in the midst of remodeling their house.
The region is currently in the midst of a terrible drought.
We never gave up hope in the midst of our troubles.
Recent Examples of midst from the Web
Brazil is now in the midst of a similar cleansing of its corrupt political elite, led by prosecutors and judges who understand that equality before the law must apply to everyone.
Neal was in the midst of a 3,000-mile bike ride at the time.
Tillerson has imposed a partial hiring freeze and is in the midst of a wide personnel review ahead of planned job cuts.
Preps: How Elk Grove baseball became one of area’s greatest dynasties Elk Grove baseball is in the midst of one of the greatest dynasties in Sac-Joaquin Section history and received praise from a coach who’s been there.
Located in the midst of Mid-City Market's chain outlets, Frey's doesn't recall barbecue's back-of-town roots.
Bartlett’s Hamelin was interesting in that the pianist was able to find some lyrical passages in the midst of the musical storm.
Major Wilma Vaught arrived in Saigon in the midst of the Vietnam War.
Trump is in the midst of his first overseas trip as president.
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Origin and Etymology of midst
Middle English middest, alteration of middes, short for amiddes amid
First Known Use: 15th century
MIDST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of midst for English Language Learners
: the middle area or part of something
: the period of time when something is happening or being done
—used to say that someone is among the people in a group
MIDST Defined for Kids
Definition of midst for Students
1 : the middle or central part in the midst of the forest
2 : a position among the members of a group a stranger in our midst
3 : the condition of being surrounded in the midst of dangers
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