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Middle Kingdom

  1. Also called Middle Empire. the period in the history of ancient Egypt, c2000–1785 b.c., comprising the 11th to 14th dynasties.Compare New Kingdom, Old Kingdom.
  2. History/Historical.
    1. the 18 inner provinces of China, taken collectively.
    2. (loosely) China.
  3. the Chinese Empire: originally so called from its supposed location in the center of the earth.
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Origin of Middle Kingdom

First recorded in 1655–65
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British Dictionary definitions for middle kingdom

Middle Kingdom

  1. a period of Egyptian history extending from the late 11th to the 13th dynasty (?2040–?1670 bc)
    1. the former Chinese empire (from the belief that it lay at the centre of the earth)
    2. the original 18 provinces of China; China proper
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