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Middle Kingdom

Also called Middle Empire. the period in the history of ancient Egypt, c2000–1785 b.c., comprising the 11th to 14th dynasties.
  1. the 18 inner provinces of China, taken collectively.
  2. (loosely) China.
the Chinese Empire: originally so called from its supposed location in the center of the earth.
Origin of Middle Kingdom
First recorded in 1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “My mother does not come from the Middle Kingdom,” replied the youth.

  • Lotharingia or Lorraine was established as a Middle Kingdom.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • These dolls are well known, and were supposed to be of the Middle Kingdom.

    El Kab J.E. Quibell
  • Probably, then, these large pots were the common water-jars of the Middle Kingdom.

    El Kab J.E. Quibell
  • It has not been heard of in the Middle Kingdom for a woman to eat with a man.

  • The cities and towns of this country are the greatest of all in the Middle Kingdom.

  • This country is many thousand miles from the Middle Kingdom.

British Dictionary definitions for Middle Kingdom

Middle Kingdom

a period of Egyptian history extending from the late 11th to the 13th dynasty (?2040–?1670 bc)
  1. the former Chinese empire (from the belief that it lay at the centre of the earth)
  2. the original 18 provinces of China; China proper
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