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noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. 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.
Related formsMid·dle·town·er, noun


  1. a township in E New Jersey.
  2. a city in SW Ohio, on the Miami River.
  3. a city in central Connecticut, on the Connecticut River.
  4. a city in SE New York.
  5. a town in SE Rhode Island.
  6. a town in E Pennsylvania.
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  • He was killed by a bullet from the gun of a sharpshooter in Middletown.

  • 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.

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    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

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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