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middlenoun

uk   /ˈmɪd.əl/  us   /ˈmɪd.əl/
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.

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middleadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈmɪd.əl/  us   /ˈmɪd.əl/
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
A middle child has the same number of older brothers and sisters as younger brothers and sisters: She's the middle child of three.
used to refer 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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(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 equally far from things on either side; the central point, position, or part: This is my class photo – 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 noise woke us up in the middle of the night.
infml Your middle is your waist.
middle
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈmɪd·əl/
In the sequence a, b, c, d, e, the middle letter is c.
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