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Midlands

[mid-luh ndz] /ˈmɪd ləndz/
plural noun
1.
the central part of England; the midland counties.

midland

[mid-luh nd] /ˈmɪd lənd/
noun
1.
the middle or interior part of a country.
2.
(initial capital letter) the dialect of English spoken in the central part of England.
3.
(initial capital letter) the dialect of English spoken in the southern parts of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and in West Virginia, Kentucky, and eastern Tennessee, and throughout the southern Appalachians.
adjective
4.
in or of the midland; inland.
5.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Midland.
Origin of midland
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See mid-, land

Midland

[mid-luh nd] /ˈmɪd lənd/
noun
1.
a city in W Texas.
2.
a city in central Michigan.
3.
a town in S Ontario, in S Canada, on Georgian Bay of Lake Huron.
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Examples from the Web for Midlands
Historical Examples
  • You have, sire, as I have heard, many friends at Bristol and in the Midlands.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • As for him, he changed his parish and runs one somewhere in the Midlands.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • We may be, for our branch of the family comes from the Midlands.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • Some little village in the Midlands probably, where Hamlet would be appreciated.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • He come after me and followed me up all through the Midlands.

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays George Manville Fenn
  • He does not pretend to carry his experience of the Gipsies further than the Midlands.

    Gipsy Life George Smith
  • A bit of ploughed field in the Midlands gives me more pleasure.'

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • Large numbers of Danes landed on our eastern coasts and ravaged the Midlands.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • This, from an Englishman born and bred in the Midlands, is praise indeed.

    Rambles in Normandy Francis Miltoun
  • It seems to have spread itself over Suffolk as well as the Midlands.

    The Romance of His Life

    Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for Midlands

Midlands

/ˈmɪdləndz/
noun
1.
(functioning as pl or singular) the Midlands, the central counties of England, including Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, the former West Midlands metropolitan county, and Worcestershire: characterized by manufacturing industries

midland

/ˈmɪdlənd/
noun
1.
  1. the central or inland part of a country
  2. (as modifier): a midland region
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Word Origin and History for Midlands

midland

adj.

early 15c., mydlonde; mid + land (n.). As a noun from 1550s, first of the Midlands of England.

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