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[mid-west] /ˈmɪdˈwɛst/
Also, Midwestern. Middle Western.
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Midwesterner, noun Unabridged
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  • The schools, farms, grain elevators, and false-front business buildings are common to the entire Midwest.

    North Dakota Various
  • We can speak with Detroit, Chicago, any big city of the Midwest.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • She had a few faint freckles on her nose and full lips and it was ten to one that she was from the Midwest.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
  • On that same day mention was made of a storm in the Midwest.

    The Practical Values of Space Exploration Committee on Science and Astronautics
  • It is made in the Midwest and packed in small, heavily waxed portions to preserve all of its fine, full aroma and flavor.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for Midwest


the N central part of the US; the region consisting of the states from Ohio westwards that border on the Great Lakes, often extended to include the upper Mississippi and Missouri valleys
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Word Origin and History for Midwest

1926, in U.S. geographical sense, from earlier Midwestern (1889) in reference to a group of states originally listed as W.Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas; now generally meaning states somewhat further northwest. Related: Midwesterner.

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