Middle West



the region of the United States bounded on the W by the Rocky Mountains, on the S by the Ohio River and the S extremities of Missouri and Kansas, and on the E, variously, by the Allegheny Mountains, the E border of Ohio, or the E border of Illinois.

Also called Midwest.
Related formsMiddle Westerner, noun
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Historical Examples of middle west

  • I don't like your smug Middle-West civilization, Mr. Smith—it smothers me.

    The Real Man

    Francis Lynde

  • She had finished her course of study in one of the universities of the Middle-west without becoming a cultivated prig.

    The Island Mystery

    George A. Birmingham

  • The geysers are concentrated in three adjoining groups upon the middle-west side.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • Rose lived the life of the farm girls in the seven great Middle-West States.

  • Conditions are changing rapidly in our country, particularly in the wonderful West and Middle-West.

British Dictionary definitions for middle west

Middle West


another name for the Midwest
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middle west in Culture

Middle West

Area of the northern United States including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


Location of some of the richest farming land in the world; known for its corn, hogs, and dairy and beef cattle.
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