- a typical American town or small city with traditional values and mores.
Origin of Middletown1
after a pseudonymously named town studied in a book with the same title (1929) by U.S. sociologists Robert S. Lynd (1892–1970) and Helen Merrell Lynd (1896–1982); the town actually studied was Muncie, Ind.
- a township in E New Jersey.
- a city in SW Ohio, on the Miami River.
- a city in central Connecticut, on the Connecticut River.
- a city in SE New York.
- a town in SE Rhode Island.
- a town in E Pennsylvania.
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Examples from the Web for middletown
A reporter with the Middletown Times Herald found her “distinctly feminine.”The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig
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Like those in Middletown, most are also facing a Catch 22: the stagnant economy blew a hole in their budgets.Can Libraries Survive in an Era of Budget Cutbacks?
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A mother of four who lives in Middletown, Md., McKenzie joined Solavei when a friend posted about the company on Facebook.Mobile Telephone Startup Solavei Avoids Ads, Relies on Customers for Sales Leads
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He was killed by a bullet from the gun of a sharpshooter in Middletown.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Behind him, through the wood, on toward Middletown rumbled the passing battery.
There's a wood road over there that cuts off a deal of distance to Middletown.
Five minutes later they reached the pike, south of Middletown.
Half a mile from Middletown they came up with a forlorn little company.
Word Origin and History for middletown
"typical U.S. middle class community," 1929. The U.S. Geological Survey lists 40 towns by that name, not counting variant spellings.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper