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noun Also in-be·tween·er.
  1. a person or thing that is between two extremes, two contrasting conditions, etc.: yeses, noes, and in-betweens; a tournament for professional, amateur, and in-between.
  2. a person who handles the intermediary steps, as in a manufacturing or sales process.
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  1. being between one thing, condition, etc., and another: a coat for in-between weather.
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Origin of in-between

First recorded in 1805–15
Related formsin-be·tween·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for in-betweenness

Historical Examples

  • The rest is only in-betweenness—what Albert's uncle calls padding.

    Oswald Bastable and Others

    Edith Nesbit

British Dictionary definitions for in-betweenness


  1. intermediatehe's at the in-between stage, neither a child nor an adult
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  1. an intermediate person or thing
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