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[mid-l-toun] /ˈmɪd lˌtaʊn/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
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.
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Middletowner, noun


[mid-l-toun] /ˈmɪd lˌtaʊn/
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • There's a wood road over there that cuts off a deal of distance to Middletown.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Five minutes later they reached the pike, south of Middletown.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The Valley pike, in the region of Middletown, proved a cumbered path.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Half a mile from Middletown they came up with a forlorn little company.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • I met him near Middletown, and he gave me his regiment and company.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
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
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