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[noun mid-win-ter, -win-; adjective mid-win-ter] /noun ˈmɪdˈwɪn tər, -ˌwɪn-; adjective ˈmɪdˌwɪn tər/
the middle of winter.
the winter solstice, around December 22.
of, relating to, or occurring in the middle of the winter.
Origin of midwinter
before 1150; Middle English, Old English; see mid1, winter
Related forms
midwintry, midwinterly, adjective Unabridged
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  • Florida is warm often even in midwinter; nevertheless, rising at five gives one a keen appetite for the early breakfast.

    Women of Achievement Benjamin Brawley
  • In the southern part, midsummer is in January and midwinter in July.

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • Insensibly, as he looked round, midwinter's thoughts reverted to the comrade who had shared with him the adventure of the night.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • If you call this cold I don't know what you will do at midwinter.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • It reminded him of midwinter swamp grasses springing out of a bed of snow.

    The Story of Tonty Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Downstairs, Christine and Palmer had entered on the round of midwinter gayeties.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • That scene of war this morning might have been in Russia in midwinter, instead of in France in spring-time.

  • It was hard for an inn-keeper to be cheerful in midwinter with an empty house.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • It was now midwinter, the stormiest season of the year, and they remained for six weeks in Port St. Julian.

    School Reading by Grades James Baldwin
British Dictionary definitions for midwinter


  1. the middle or depth of the winter
  2. (as modifier): a midwinter festival
another name for winter solstice
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for midwinter

also mid-winter, Old English midwinter, also midde winter; see mid + winter (n.). The middle of winter, especially the period around the winter solstice (Dec. 21). As an adjective from mid-12c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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