Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The middle of the winter.
  • n. The period of the winter solstice, about December 22.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The middle of winter.
  • n. The winter solstice; about December 21st or 22nd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The middle of winter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The middle or depth of winter; the usual time of greatest winter cold; specifically, in English literature (winter being reckoned from the 1st of November in Great Britain), the period of the winter solstice, the 21st or 22d of December (which is astronomically the beginning of winter).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the middle of winter

Etymologies

mid- +‎ winter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I recall her coming in midwinter from the frozen village where she lived.

    The Promised Land

  • Between the flak, the searchlights, the night fighters and the freezing, airless cold at twenty-thousand feet, bombing Germany in midwinter is no joke at all - but with some of the friends he’s got, pilot Ken Harding might not even need any enemies.

    Dynamite Comics for January 2010 | Major Spoilers - Comic Book Reviews and News

  • The year turns and does not know what to be, hovers in midwinter waiting for someone to show it how to bud and break forth into colour and life once more.

    skittledog: January

  • Under the sun or the stars, at high noon or at midnight, in midwinter or in midsummer, it does not matter when, it is always the same temperature -- not too warm, not too cold, just right.

    Jack London:Surfing in Hawaii

  • Three months afterward, in midwinter, he smote the north shore of the Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Greece in the same stupefying manner.

    THE ENEMY OF ALL THE WORLD

  • "Once a bastion of difficulty and high seriousness - an identity that suited an event held in midwinter in a city with a vexed, often grim history - the Berlinale, which began last Thursday and concludes with awards on Sunday - has grown into something bigger, more varied and perhaps less distinctive," writes AO Scott in the New York Times.

    GreenCine Daily: Berlinale, 2/15.

  • The new finds at Durrington Walls, two miles northeast of the stone circle, indicate that the entire region was a large religious complex where the early Britons gathered in midwinter for raucous feasts and solemn ceremonies before sending their deceased on a voyage to the afterlife.

    Stonehenge…where the party animals go! …Er, went. | Diane Duane's weblog: "Out of Ambit"

  • But it took only a few minutes of actually reading the texts of these manuals (which are often published in midwinter to serve the many brides planning June campaigns) to bring me to my senses.

    The Wedding Merchants

  • This strange smoke appeared every morning, both winter and summer; but most visibly in midwinter it rose immediately above the marshy spot.

    American Indian Stories

  • Coyotes in midwinter could not have been more starved.

    American Indian Stories

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