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[uh-mid] /əˈmɪd/
in the middle of; surrounded by; among:
to stand weeping amid the ruins.
during; in or throughout the course of.
Also, amidst.
Origin of amid
before 1000; Middle English amidde, Old English amiddan, for on middan in (the) middle. See a-1, mid1
Can be confused
amid, among, between (see synonym study at among; see usage note at between)
1. See among.


variant of amido- before a vowel:
1870-75 Unabridged
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  • Alley stepped out on the stage amid the cheers of the audience, bowed and talked about his experience.
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  • They snapped Polaroids of me amid the chaos of my office.
  • There was some sweetness amid the stinging.
  • They appear and we drive uphill to a large house set amid leafy trees.
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  • Prowl downtown and you'll find a booming contemporary art scene that has grown amid old warehouses and storefronts.
  • Yet amid the overall decline there are hidden growth markets.
  • Then you could hide among the lush grasses that grow amid the widely spaced trees.
  • Their quest turns into a dissension-riddled road trip amid the stunning lakes, mountains and forests of rural England.
British Dictionary definitions for amid


in the middle of; among
Word Origin
Old English on middan in the middle; see mid1
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Word Origin and History for amid

late 14c., from amidde (c.1200), from Old English on middan "in the middle," from dative singular of midde "mid, middle" (see middle); the phrase evidently was felt as "in (the) middle" and thus followed by a genitive case, and if this had endured we would follow it today with of. (See amidst for further evolution along this line).

The same applies to equivalents in Latin (in medio) and Greek (en meso), both originally adjective phrases which evolved to take the genitive case. But in later Old English on middan also was treated as a preposition and followed by dative. Used in compounds from early 13c. (e.g. amidships, attested from 1690s and retaining the genitive, as the compounds usually did in early Middle English, suggesting this one is considerably older than the written record of it.)

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