Definition of midwinter in English:



  • 1The middle part of winter.

    ‘in midwinter the track became a muddy morass’
    • ‘In midwinter, the sun's elevation does not exceed 20 to 23 degrees, and the shortest day consists of about nine hours of daylight.’
    • ‘In temperate regions with warm winters, a few warm days, even in midwinter, can be enough to induce bud swelling, which can lead to budbreak if the warmth persists.’
    • ‘Also, the price of gold has a seasonal trend, peaking in midwinter.’
    • ‘Typically they will devote their third year efforts to capturing the charms of disused water towers or rubbish-strewn beaches in midwinter.’
    • ‘Many are understated for much of the year, coming into their own in midwinter.’
    • ‘Such quirky little blooms would be lost in the floral abundance of spring or summer, but in midwinter they are dazzling, standing out against snowy backdrops or the dark needles of evergreens.’
    • ‘This is midge territory and, let's be honest, Fort William is not pretty in midwinter.’
    • ‘By sealing in moisture, the antidesiccant minimizes the damage that can come from cycles of freezing, thawing, and refreezing in midwinter.’
    • ‘Add the crunch of toasted bread and pancetta, and there you are: peperonata con bruschetta, a red pepper resurrection in midwinter.’
    • ‘Yes, the team with the most-bloated payroll in hockey and, by comparison to its peers, in nearly any sport, woke up in midwinter and realized its approach wasn't working.’
    • ‘Damp almost certainly means midges, something often overlooked when a garden is planned in midwinter, so this is not the ideal spot for summer suppers under the stars.’
    • ‘But seriously, there really are observations of circadian activity in arctic reindeer that suggest something interesting is going on in reindeer brains in midwinter and midsummer.’
    • ‘Even in midwinter, women went about the streets in miniskirts (though they wore long, long boots when it was really cold.)’
    • ‘Rituals enacted in midwinter ensured the return of the sun in springtime to breathe life back into the barren soil and bring fertility to the land so that its inhabitants may reap a plentiful harvest.’
    • ‘Recognising this, he chose to arrive in midwinter when Venice is cold, wet and magnificently, beautifully bleak.’
    • ‘Manchester hardly has a reputation for being sunny and dry - especially in midwinter.’
    • ‘I suspect I know who you would most like to see in midwinter when your pipes burst.’
    • ‘We were amazed that anyone in town would have such things, after three-quarters of a million people went two nights without heat in midwinter.’
    • ‘The early morning temperature dropped dramatically, as the grass and all the plants suddenly froze over with a frost that would only appear in midwinter.’
    • ‘In midwinter, coach trips are available daily from Como town to Madesimo to ski for the day.’
    1. 1.1 The winter solstice.
      • ‘During midwinter ceremonies, an elder's voice will rise as the drum quiets.’
      • ‘Only five weeks from midwinter, the daylight hours were short.’
      • ‘The monument was orientated to mark sunrise at the midsummer solstice (and sunset at the midwinter solstice), but whether it has further astronomical significance is debatable.’
      • ‘The king had decided to pose a surprise attack on the northern fortress of Dramar, and the armies gathered right after the midwinter feast.’
      • ‘This new axis also incorporated other solar events, for example the setting of the midsummer sun and the rising and setting of the midwinter sun.’
      • ‘For two years we got along wonderfully as friends, until the night of the midwinter feast five years ago.’
      • ‘The whole castle was in a flurry of excitement and preparation for the midwinter feast which was to be celebrated in a week.’
      • ‘The festival itself I have no quarrel with; good old hijacked midwinter solstice feast that it is.’
      • ‘Then she spoke softly, but her voice was cold as the ice when the midwinter sun rises.’


Old English (see mid-, winter).