midst

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[ midst ]
/ mɪdst /

noun Usually the midst .

the position of anything surrounded by other things or parts, or occurring in the middle of a period of time, course of action, etc.: a familiar face in the midst of the crowd;in the midst of the performance.
the middle point, part, or stage: We arrived in the midst of a storm.

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Idioms for midst

    in our / your / their midst, in the midst of or among us (you, them): To think there was a spy in our midst!

Origin of midst

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to middes (aphetic variant of amiddes “in the middle”) + excrescent -t;see also amidst

synonym study for midst

1, 2. See middle.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH midst

midst , missed, mist

Definition for midst (2 of 2)

midst2
[ midst ]
/ mɪdst /

preposition

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British Dictionary definitions for midst (1 of 2)

midst1
/ (mɪdst) /

noun

in the midst of surrounded or enveloped by; at a point during, esp a climactic one
in our midst among us
archaic the centre

Word Origin for midst

C14: back formation from amiddes amid

British Dictionary definitions for midst (2 of 2)

midst2
/ (mɪdst) /

preposition

poetic See amid
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