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middle

noun uk   /ˈmɪd.l̩/ us  
A2 [S] the central point, position, or part: This is my class photo - I'm the one in the middle. He was standing in the middle of the road. The noise woke us up in the middle of the night. [C usually singular] informal waist: Those trousers look a bit tight around your middle.

middle

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈmɪd.l̩/ us  
B2 in a central position: In the sequence a, b, c, d, e, the middle letter is c. Jane sits at the middle desk, between Sue and Karen. C1 neither high nor low in importance, amount, or size: middle income families a middle-sized (= average-sized) sheepdog describes a child who has the same number of older brothers and sisters as younger brothers and sisters: She's the middle child of three. refers to a form of a particular language that existed between its earliest known stage and its present form: 14th-century Middle English Middle French
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