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Middle West

the region of the United States bounded on the W by the Rocky Mountains, on the S by the Ohio River and the S extremities of Missouri and Kansas, and on the E, variously, by the Allegheny Mountains, the E border of Ohio, or the E border of Illinois.
Also called Midwest.
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Middle Westerner, noun Unabridged
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  • I don't like your smug middle-west civilization, Mr. Smith—it smothers me.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
  • In one of the middle-west states there is a delightful little city called Dorfield.

  • They are now college boys, attending a well-known institution of learning in the middle-west.

    The Rover Boys Down East Arthur M. Winfield
  • Painted outdoor signs have been the back-bone of one middle-west roaster's campaign for a number of years.

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
  • The geysers are concentrated in three adjoining groups upon the middle-west side.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Some European princes look like successful businessmen of the middle-west.

    Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Conditions are changing rapidly in our country, particularly in the wonderful West and middle-west.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing James Francis Cooke
  • The middle-west community where she was born and had lived most of her girlhood was a tender memory to Janice.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • Rose lived the life of the farm girls in the seven great middle-west States.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly Hamlin Garland
  • She had finished her course of study in one of the universities of the middle-west without becoming a cultivated prig.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for middle-west

Middle West

another name for the Midwest
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Middle West definition

Area of the northern United States including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Note: Location of some of the richest farming land in the world; known for its corn, hogs, and dairy and beef cattle.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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