Share this entry
American English: /ˈmɪdl/
British English: /ˈmɪd(ə)l/

Translation of middle in Spanish:


  • 1 (of object, place)
    (half-way line) mitad (feminine)
    it stood in the middle of the room
    estaba en el centro or en (el) medio or en la mitad de la habitación
    they were playing in the middle of the road
    estaban jugando en (el) medio or en la mitad de la calle
    much of the play was confined to the middle of the field
    el partido se concentró en el centro del campo
    the industries are concentrated in the middle of the country
    las industrias se concentran en el centro del país
    in the middle of nowhere
    quién sabe dónde
    we cut the cake down the middle
    partimos el pastel por la mitad
    to split something down the middle
    dividir algo por la mitad
    the party is split down the middle over this issue
    el partido está dividido en dos sectores de opinión sobre este problema
    Example sentences
    • If the action is in the middle, both sides are cropped.
    • Well here I have a single bed, so, my favourite side is the middle.
    • In the middle of the two sides of this are large domes built on pillars of the same height as those of the outer arcade and an upper gallery runs all round it.
  • 2 (of period, activity) in the middle of the week/month/year/century
    a mediados de semana/mes/año/siglo
    it's the middle of winter
    estamos en pleno invierno
    in the middle of the day the temperature can reach …
    alrededor del medio día la temperatura suele alcanzar …
    in the middle of the night/concert
    en la mitad de la noche/del concierto
    to be in the middle of something/-ingI'm in the middle of cooking dinner
    estoy preparando la cena
    I'm in the middle of a really exciting novel at the moment
    en este momento estoy leyendo una novela muy interesante
    we were right in the middle of eating when the doorbell rang
    sonó el timbre justo cuando estábamos comiendo
    to knock somebody into the middle of next week [colloquial]
    romperle el alma or la crisma a alguien [colloquial]
  • 3 (waist) the water came up to his middle
    el agua le llegaba a la cintura
    Example sentences
    • She was shorter than I was by a good ten inches, round about the middle, but with the firm energy that my father used to possess.
    • He was tall and broad-chested, if a bit round at the middle, and dressed much better than these other two.
    • One was slightly large round the middle, the other wearing a very short skirt and denim jacket.


  • (before noun) the middle house of the three
    de las tres, la casa de en medio or del medio
    middle finger
    dedo (masculine) medio or del corazón
    she was the middle child
    ella era la (hija) de en medio or del medio
    we had reached the middle point of our journey
    habíamos llegado a la mitad de nuestro recorrido
    in his middle years
    en su madurez
    Example sentences
    • Each member of the team is credited with the time of the fifth team member to cross the finish line; this is the middle member of a nine-person team.
    • In their middle years, the members of the Baby Boom generation will face the inevitability of their mortality.
    • Denami, the middle brother, comes upon this bear and, thinking it killed the first brother, vows revenge.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.