\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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Recent Examples on the Web

This year Hallmark is in the midst of airing 37 original holiday movies for its Countdown to Christmas programming (and planning the 2019 holiday slate). Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Secret Formula Behind Hallmark's Christmas Movie Empire," 30 Nov. 2018 Obama is currently in the midst of a very fashionable book tour, which started at her old high school in Chicago. Vogue, "Michelle Obama’s Becoming, Out Less Than a Month, Is the Best-Selling Hardcover of 2018," 30 Nov. 2018 Anglin's dispute with Gersh began in late 2016, after white nationalist Richard Spencer gained fame in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case," 15 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, with Lagerwey’s team in the midst of a Major League Soccer record 14-2-1 second half turnaround during the voting period to secure a first-round playoff bye, any talk of canning the GM became largely moot. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey prepares for longer offseason after fans sign off on retaining him," 13 Nov. 2018 When Saarinen passed away unexpectedly in 1961, the company was in the midst of relocating to Hamden, Connecticut. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Somewhere in the midst of all the word vomit, my doctor had an a-ha moment. Kayleigh Roberts, Allure, "Why Women With ADHD Like Me Get Diagnosed So Late in Adulthood," 25 Oct. 2018 Using a technique called crabbing, Wassink was able to land at a severe angle through Storm Callum so that the Boeing 757-200 nose was in the midst of the wind until just before touching down on the tarmac. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a 757 Land Practically Sideways in Gale Force Winds," 19 Oct. 2018 In the midst of the chaos — and potential royal family drama — the couple prioritized what's truly important: each other. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding," 13 Oct. 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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The first known use of midst was in the 15th century

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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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