ˈmidst How to pronounce midst (audio)
: the interior or central part or point : middle
in the midst of the forest
: a position of proximity to the members of a group
a traitor in our midst
: the condition of being surrounded or beset
in the midst of his troubles
: a period of time about the middle of a continuing act or condition
in the midst of a meal
midst preposition

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. See More
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Word History


Middle English middest, alteration of middes, short for amiddes amid

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Midst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midst. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: the middle part or period
in the midst of the forest
: a condition of being near or among the members of a group
a traitor in our midst
: the condition of being surrounded
in the midst of our troubles


2 of 2 preposition
: amid

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