\ˈmidst, ˈmitst\

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

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Other Words from midst

midst preposition

Synonyms & Antonyms for midst


center, core, middle, midpoint


perimeter, periphery

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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.
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The Lisztian prowess of Butler’s pianism on that night, as filtered through a jazz sensibility, pointed to a master in our midst. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Remembering Henry Butler, a New Orleans giant," 9 July 2018 This is a show about people who were barely together to begin with, dealing with a monster in their midst. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 1," 9 July 2018 But for certain species, the ability to adapt to and even exploit human resources makes them more likely to proliferate in our midst. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 This allowed astronomers to study the disc and discover a planet in its midst. Amina Khan, latimes.com, "With Very Large Telescope, astronomers spy a planet being born around a young star," 3 July 2018 The Holy Spirit will give us wisdom, prudence, strength to build up the kingdom of God in our midst. San Antonio Express-News, "Archbishop’s homily remembers refugees, César Chávez," 1 July 2018 Ruth and Debbie still haven’t made amends, and while the rest of the women are happy to be back together, there’s an interloper in their midsts: Yolanda. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 For youngsters interested in the croakers in our midst, there is the Nature Tots: Leapin’ Lilypads session on Tuesday, July 17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for those ages 3 -4 years old. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Nature programs at Patuxent Research in full swing [South Laurel/Montpelier]," 28 June 2018 Tourists step around us on their way to 30 Rock without recognizing the Saturday Night Live standout in their midst. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Introducing Kate McKinnon, Movie Star," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of midst

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for midst

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

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Phrases Related to midst

in someone's midst

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English Language Learners Definition of midst

: 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


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Kids Definition of midst

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of midst (Entry 2 of 2)

: amid Midst the swarm of people, mangy dogs wandered.— Avi, Crispin

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