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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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  • Downstairs, Christine and Palmer had entered on the round of midwinter gayeties.

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

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • The air was clear, the sky blue as if it were spring-time, instead of midwinter.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • At midwinter I had occasion to visit Evansport and Acquia creek.

  • The time was the month of January, 1892; he was alone, in hospital, in the gloom of midwinter.

  • midwinter, the end of June, was come, and the nights were cold.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • In midwinter the middle had been the warmest and the ice thinnest there.

  • I recall her coming in midwinter from the frozen village where she lived.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • She throws herself on the bed and shivers as if it were midwinter.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
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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