the Middle East

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the Middle East

:the countries of northern Africa and southwestern Asia that are on or near the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea :the Near East

Word by Word Definitions

middle play
  1. : equally distant from the extremes : medial, central

  2. : being at neither extreme : intermediate

  3. : constituting a division intermediate between those prior and later or upper and lower

  1. : a middle part, point, or position

  2. : the central portion of the human body : waist

  3. : the position of being among or in the midst of something

east play
  1. : to, toward, or in the east

  1. : situated toward or at the east

  2. : coming from the east

  1. : the general direction of sunrise : the direction toward the right of one facing north

  2. : the compass point directly opposite to west

  3. : regions lying to the east of a specified or implied point of orientation


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up the Middle East? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!