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midwinter

[n. mid-win-ter, -win-; adj. mid-win-ter] /n. ˈmɪdˈwɪn tər, -ˌwɪn-; adj. ˈmɪdˌwɪn tər/
noun
1.
the middle of winter.
2.
the winter solstice, around December 22.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or occurring in the middle of the winter.
Origin
1150
before 1150; Middle English, Old English; see mid1, winter
Related forms
midwintry, midwinterly, adjective
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  • Sake comes into rut in midwinter, and it's easy to tell by the odor.
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  • 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

midwinter

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

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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