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"middle" in British English

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middlenoun

uk   us   /ˈmɪd.l̩/
A2 [S] the ​centralpoint, ​position, or ​part: This is my ​classphoto - I'm the one in the middle. He was ​standing in the middle of the ​road. The ​noisewoke us up in the middle of the ​night. [C usually singular] informal waist: Those ​trouserslook a ​bittight around ​your middle.
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middleadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈmɪd.l̩/
B2 in a ​centralposition: 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 ​norlow in ​importance, ​amount, or ​size: middle incomefamilies a middle-​sized (= average-sized)sheepdog A middle ​child has the same ​number of ​olderbrothers and ​sisters as ​youngerbrothers and ​sisters: She's the middle ​child of three. used to refer to a ​form of a ​particularlanguage that ​existed between ​itsearliestknownstage and ​itspresentform: 14th-century Middle ​English Middle ​French
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(Definition of middle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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middlenoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈmɪd·əl/
a ​point, ​position, or ​part that is not on one ​side or the other but is ​equallyfar from things on either ​side; the ​centralpoint, ​position, or ​part: This is my ​classphoto – I’m the one in the middle. The middle of a ​period of ​time is a ​point between the ​beginning and the end of that ​period: The ​noisewoke us up in the middle of the ​night. infmlYour middle is ​yourwaist.
middle
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈmɪd·əl/
In the ​sequence a, b, c, d, e, the middle ​letter is c.
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