[noun mid-dey, -dey; adjective mid-dey]


the middle of the day; noon or the time centering around noon.


of or relating to the middle part of the day: a midday news broadcast.

Origin of midday

before 1000; Middle English; Old English middæg. See mid-, day
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Related Words for midday

noon, noontide, lunchtime, noontime

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British Dictionary definitions for midday



  1. the middle of the day; noon
  2. (as modifier)a midday meal
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Word Origin and History for midday

Old English middæg "midday, noon," contracted from midne dæg (cf. Old High German mittitag, German mittag, Old Norse miðdagr); see mid + day.

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