[ in-bi-tween ]

nounAlso 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.

  1. being between one thing, condition, etc., and another: a coat for in-between weather.

Origin of in-between

First recorded in 1805–15

Other words from in-between

  • in-be·tween·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for in-between


  1. intermediate: he's at the in-between stage, neither a child nor an adult

  1. an intermediate person or thing

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Other Idioms and Phrases with in-between


In an intermediate situation, as in My roommates disagreed and I was caught in between. [Late 1500s]

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