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[n. mid-dey, -dey; adj. mid-dey] /n. ˈmɪdˈdeɪ, -ˌdeɪ; adj. ˈmɪdˌdeɪ/
the middle of the day; noon or the time centering around noon.
of or relating to the middle part of the day:
a midday news broadcast.
Origin of midday
before 1000; Middle English; Old English middæg. See mid-, day Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for midday
  • Eventually, atomic clocks would say it was midday in the middle of the night.
  • It's an extra-special midday pick-me-up, or an all-in-one weeknight dinner.
  • Plus it makes for an easy midday sensory break from the aquarium crowds.
  • But a clock, chiming out her own name twelve times, warned her that it was midday and time to get up.
  • For in the midst of laughter they had got ready the midday meal, a sweet meal and abundant, for they had sacrificed many cattle.
  • Fast-food companies are also adding midday and late-night snacks, such as blended drinks and wraps.
  • Across the river, the corrugated-iron roofs of a prefabricated barracks glint in the midday sun.
  • He stays there drinking banana beer until midday, then comes home to eat.
  • The protesters were listless in the midday furnace of the equatorial sun but their message was fierce and clear.
  • He hopes that hot midday meals will be an incentive, if he can find the money to pay for them.
British Dictionary definitions for midday


  1. the middle of the day; noon
  2. (as modifier): a midday meal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for midday

Old English middæg "midday, noon," contracted from midne dæg (cf. Old High German mittitag, German mittag, Old Norse miðdagr); see mid + day.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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