\ ˈmidst How to pronounce midst (audio) , 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 loss continued a sudden and unforeseen skid for the Diamondbacks, a team that just days ago seemingly could do no wrong but now finds itself in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Robbie Ray succumbs to blister problems as Diamondbacks drop third-straight to Mets," 11 Sep. 2019 There’s a sturdiness for him, in the midst of all the energy of New York. David Canfield, EW.com, "Jeffrey Wright on finding the soul of Hobie (and New York) in The Goldfinch," 11 Sep. 2019 The United States was in the midst of post-Civil War reconstruction efforts, and Du Bois was fascinated by Germany’s first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, who had united Germany’s separate states into a single nation just two decades earlier. Washington Post, "The Germany of 1892 was liberating for W.E.B. Du Bois. Many minorities don’t feel that today.," 9 Sep. 2019 But Queen Elizabeth’s second son tried to act like was not in the midst of this turmoil by attending an event in Bruges, Belgium to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of that country from German forces during World War II. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince Andrew’s bad news weekend: New reports say he ‘raged’ at royal aide and invited Jeffrey Epstein to daughter’s 18th birthday," 9 Sep. 2019 Schools across the Front Range closed on April 17, in the midst of state testing, as police searched for the woman, who had purchased a shotgun after arriving in Colorado. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Jeffco Public Schools suggests manhunt for armed woman pulled down CMAS participation," 9 Sep. 2019 The airline isn't abandoning its a la carte model or trying to become the next Delta but is in the midst of a transformation to change travelers' perceptions of the carrier. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Stingy Spirit Airlines adding comfier seats, even in the middle," 9 Sep. 2019 In July, in the midst of messy negotiations to send billions in emergency funding to the border, a fight over the future of the Democratic Party bubbled into view. Emily Tamkin, The New Republic, "Pramila Jayapal’s Vision of Power," 9 Sep. 2019 Gerber, currently in the midst of New York Fashion Week, has been following in her famous mother’s modeling footsteps. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Kaia Gerber Channels Mom Cindy Crawford While Celebrating Her 18th Birthday in N.Y.C.," 7 Sep. 2019

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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


\ ˈmidst How to pronounce midst (audio) \

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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