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English definition of “middle”

middle

adjective [before noun]     /ˈmɪd.l̩/
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.Centres of objects C1 neither high nor low in importance , amount , or size : middle income families a middle- sized (= average-sized) sheepdog AveragesMedium-sized 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.Family relations in general 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 Forms of languages and specialist dialects
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