midst

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[ midst ]
/ mɪdst /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. midsegment,
  2. midship,
  3. midshipman,
  4. midships,
  5. midsole,
  6. midstream,
  7. midsummer,
  8. midsummer day,
  9. midsummer eve,
  10. midsummer madness

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 confusedmidst missed mist

midst

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[ midst ]
/ mɪdst /

preposition

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British Dictionary definitions for midst

midst

1
/ (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

preposition

poetic See amid
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Word Origin and History for midst

midst

n.

c.1400, from Middle English middes (mid-14c.), from mid + adverbial genitive -s. The parasitic -t is perhaps on model of superlatives (cf. against).

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