in medias res

[ in me-di-ahs res; English in mee-dee-uh s reez, in mey-dee-ahs reys ]
/ ɪn ˈmɛ dɪˌɑs ˈrɛs; English ɪn ˈmi diˌəs ˈriz, ɪn ˈmeɪ diˌɑs ˈreɪs /

adverb Latin.

in the middle of things.

Nearby words

  1. in loc. cit.,
  2. in loco,
  3. in loco parentis,
  4. in love,
  5. in luck,
  6. in mem.,
  7. in memoriam,
  8. in memory of,
  9. in mind,
  10. in name only Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for in medias res

in medias res

/ Latin (ɪn ˈmiːdɪˌæs ˈreɪs) /

in or into the middle of events or a narrative

Word Origin for in medias res

literally: into the midst of things, taken from a passage in Horace's Ars Poetica

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Word Origin and History for in medias res

in medias res

Latin, literally "in the midst of things" (see medium).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for in medias res

in medias res

[ (in may-dee-uhs, mee-dee-uhs rays) ]

In the middle of the action. Epics often begin in medias res. For example, the Odyssey, which tells the story of the wanderings of the hero Odysseus, begins almost at the end of his wanderings, just before his arrival home. In medias res is a Latin phrase used by the poet Horace; it means “in the middle of things.”

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