midst

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[ midst ]
/ mɪdst /

noun

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

Idioms

    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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1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to middes (aphetic variant of amiddes amidst) + excrescent -t

Can be confused

midst missed mist

Definition for midst (2 of 2)

midst

2
[ midst ]
/ mɪdst /

preposition

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British Dictionary definitions for midst (1 of 2)

midst

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/ (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)

midst

2
/ (mɪdst) /

preposition

poetic See amid
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