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middle name

the part of a person's name occurring between the first and family names, as a second given name or a maternal surname.
Origin of middle name
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I'd punch anybody that christened a middle name like that onto me.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • My own Christian name is Roscoe and my middle name is Paine.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Honest, she's as light on her feet as if her middle name was Pavlowa!

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • My middle name is Something, in case you ever want to call me by my middle name.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • When I marry, my middle name will be Greenfield, but until then I haven't got any.

    Heart of Gold

    Ruth Alberta Brown
British Dictionary definitions for middle name

middle name

a name between a person's first name and surname
a characteristic quality for which a person is known: caution is my middle name
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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