Definition of midst noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//mɪdst//
; NAmE NAmE//mɪdst//
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  • (used after a preposition) the middle part of something synonym middle Such beauty was unexpected in the midst of the city. She appeared from the midst of the crowd. The house is set in the midst of large gardens.
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from in middes ‘in the middle’.Idioms
    in their/our/its/your midst
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    (formal) among or with them/us/it/you There is a traitor in our midst.
    in the midst of something/of doing something
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    while something is happening or being done; while you are doing something a country in the midst of a recession She discovered it in the midst of sorting out her father's things. She alone remained calm in the midst of all the confusion.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: midst