mid·​way | \ ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce midway (audio) , -ˈwā \

Definition of midway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in the middle of the way or distance : halfway


mid·​way | \ ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce midway (audio) \

Definition of midway (Entry 2 of 2)

: an avenue at a fair, carnival, or amusement park for concessions and amusements

Examples of midway in a Sentence

Adverb You should begin reading at the paragraph that begins midway down the page. They took the lead midway through the second period. Noun We played every game on the midway.
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First Known Use of midway


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for midway


Midway (Plaisance), Chicago, site of the amusement section of the Columbian Exposition 1893

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“Midway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midway. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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adverb or adjective
mid·​way | \ ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce midway (audio) , -ˈwā \

Kids Definition of midway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in the middle of the way or distance : halfway the midway point We stopped midway up the hill.


mid·​way | \ ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce midway (audio) \

Kids Definition of midway (Entry 2 of 2)

: an area at a fair, carnival, or amusement park for food stands, games, and rides

Midway geographical name

Mid·​way | \ ˈmid-ˌwā How to pronounce Midway (audio) \

Definition of Midway

islands (atoll) in the central Pacific 1300 miles (2092 kilometers) west-northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, belonging to the U.S.; area 2 square miles (5.2 square kilometers)

Note: Midway, administered by the U.S., is in the Hawaiian group of islands but is not incorporated in the state of Hawaii.

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