Definition of midst in English:

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midst

Pronunciation: /midst/
/mitst/

preposition

archaic or literary
In the middle of.
Example sentences
  • And midst them are those of Sydney Agricultural University whose Chardonnay is a premium wine in the market.
  • One scenic palm stands alone midst the cry of gulls, pelicans and boobies.
  • I stayed clear, took a haphazard line, and waded through the heather midst a cloud of pollen.

noun

archaic
The middle point or part.
Example sentences
  • To be plopped in the river's midst, in a canoe, on a spectacular day, is tranquilizing.
  • Then suddenly it could be observed that Maisie was in the crowd's midst.
  • But the girl had slipped into the woods, into the midst of a chorus of singing tree frogs and cicadas.
Synonyms
middle, center, heart, core, midpoint, kernel, nub;
depth(s), thick;
(in the midst of) in the course of, halfway through, at the heart/core of

Phrases

1

in the midst of

In the middle of: we were in the midst of a losing streak
More example sentences
  • To be in the Pakistan dressing room in the midst of all this was truly unenviable.
  • But on that day, in the midst of all that evil, I saw the depth humanity has to offer.
  • What did that leaf represent in the midst of all this concrete and chaos?
2

in our (or your, their, etc.) midst

Among us (or you or them).
Example sentences
  • Nothing fragments group solidarity and self-confidence like the gnawing suspicion of having an informer in your midst.
  • If there are clowns and incompetents and criminals in your midst and you protect them, you're just as bad as they are and you command no respect at all from anyone.
  • Perhaps you have a budding gardener in your midst.
Synonyms
among us, in our group, with us

Origin

Late Middle English: from in middes 'in the middle'.

Words that rhyme with midst

amidst

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: midst

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