midwinter

noun

mid·​win·​ter ˈmid-ˈwin-tər How to pronounce midwinter (audio)
-ˌwin-
1
: the winter solstice
2
: the middle of winter
midwinter adjective

Examples of midwinter in a Sentence

the heavy snows and frigid temperatures of midwinter
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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of midwinter was before the 12th century

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“Midwinter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midwinter. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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midwinter

noun
mid·​win·​ter ˈmid-ˈwint-ər How to pronounce midwinter (audio)
1
: the middle of winter
2
: the winter solstice

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