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.
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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