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[adverb, adjective mid-wey; noun mid-wey] /adverb, adjective ˈmɪdˈweɪ; noun ˈmɪdˌweɪ/
adverb, adjective
in the middle of the way or distance; halfway.
a place or part situated midway.
(often initial capital letter) the place or way, as at a fair or carnival, on or along which sideshows and similar amusements are located.
the amusements, concessions, etc., located on or around this place or way.
Origin of midway
before 900; Middle English midwei, Old English midweg; see mid1, way1; def. 3 and 4 after the Midway Plaisance, the main thoroughfare of the World Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893


[mid-wey] /ˈmɪdˌweɪ/
several U.S. islets in the N Pacific, about 1300 miles (2095 km) NW of Hawaii: Japanese defeated in a naval battle June, 1942; 2 sq. mi. (5 sq. km).
an airport in Chicago. Unabridged
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  • Eudora was about midway of this street when she saw a man approaching.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • midway in the act of lifting the stove-cover, he glanced at her in sharp, suspicion.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • midway in them, they met a rider, riding at the maddest gallop.

  • About midway down it, what was his astonishment at encountering Hamish!

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • midway in the passage, the current picked up the cub and swept him downstream.

    White Fang Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for midway


adjective, adverb
in or at the middle of the distance; halfway
(US & Canadian) a place in a fair, carnival, etc, where sideshows are located
(obsolete) a middle place, way, etc
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Word Origin and History for midway

Old English mid-weg "the middle of a way or distance;" see mid + way (n.). Meaning "central avenue of a fairground" is first recorded 1893, American English, in reference to the Midway Plaisance of the Worlds Columbian Exposition held that year in Chicago. The Pacific island group so called for being midway between America and Asia. As an adverb from late Old English.

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