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[n. mid-win-ter, -win-; adj. mid-win-ter] /n. ˈmɪdˈwɪn tər, -ˌwɪn-; adj. ˈmɪdˌwɪn tər/
the middle of winter.
the winter solstice, around December 22.
of, relating to, or occurring in the middle of the winter.
Origin of midwinter
before 1150; Middle English, Old English; see mid1, winter
Related forms
midwintry, midwinterly, adjective Unabridged
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  • Sake comes into rut in midwinter, and it's easy to tell by the odor.
  • It wouldn't take long in midwinter for our house to become uninhabitable.
  • midwinter, rather than midsummer, is more likely to be a time of settled weather.
  • For a bird, the bleak midwinter wouldn't seem an ideal time to go about the precarious business of starting a family.
  • Southward movements begin in fall and winter, reaching southernmost winter range in midwinter, before moving north again.
  • In midwinter you're lucky to have them rising high enough in the sky to clear trees and buildings.
  • Foragers had trouble storing food, so a group living in a rich area might starve during midwinter or during a drought.
  • The bats would suddenly awaken from hibernation in midwinter, their faces covered in a white fungus.
  • She is potting tulips, hyacinths and daffodils for forcing in midwinter.
  • But it is at midwinter trade shows, where buyers meet wholesalers, that new equipment first appears in public.
British Dictionary definitions for midwinter


  1. the middle or depth of the winter
  2. (as modifier): a midwinter festival
another name for winter solstice
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Word Origin and History for midwinter

also mid-winter, Old English midwinter, also midde winter; see mid + winter (n.). The middle of winter, especially the period around the winter solstice (Dec. 21). As an adjective from mid-12c.

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