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[adverb, adjective mid-wey; noun mid-wey] /adverb, adjective ˈmɪdˈweɪ; noun ˈmɪdˌweɪ/
adverb, adjective
in the middle of the way or distance; halfway.
a place or part situated midway.
(often initial capital letter) the place or way, as at a fair or carnival, on or along which sideshows and similar amusements are located.
the amusements, concessions, etc., located on or around this place or way.
Origin of midway
before 900; Middle English midwei, Old English midweg; see mid1, way1; def. 3 and 4 after the Midway Plaisance, the main thoroughfare of the World Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893


[mid-wey] /ˈmɪdˌweɪ/
several U.S. islets in the N Pacific, about 1300 miles (2095 km) NW of Hawaii: Japanese defeated in a naval battle June, 1942; 2 sq. mi. (5 sq. km).
an airport in Chicago. Unabridged
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  • midway round the pole they place a lesser globe, binding it with purple fillets, but the end of the pole is decked with saffron.

    Archaic England Harold Bayley
  • Eudora was about midway of this street when she saw a man approaching.

    The Yates Pride Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • The order was dated at Lafayette, a town about midway between where the detachment was now stationed and Chattanooga.

    An Undivided Union Oliver Optic
  • midway in the act of lifting the stove-cover, he glanced at her in sharp, suspicion.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • People of every sort crowded to see the popular Eskimo Encampment on the midway.

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
British Dictionary definitions for midway


adjective, adverb
in or at the middle of the distance; halfway
(US & Canadian) a place in a fair, carnival, etc, where sideshows are located
(obsolete) a middle place, way, etc
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Word Origin and History for midway

Old English mid-weg "the middle of a way or distance;" see mid + way (n.). Meaning "central avenue of a fairground" is first recorded 1893, American English, in reference to the Midway Plaisance of the Worlds Columbian Exposition held that year in Chicago. The Pacific island group so called for being midway between America and Asia. As an adverb from late Old English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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