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Etymology 1[edit]

From Hindi/Urdu मैदान (maidān), میدان (maidān), from Persian میدان (meydân, town-square or central place of gathering), from Arabic مَيْدَان (maydān), itself an Iranian borrowing (see the Arabic entry for more), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos. Compare Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬌𐬜𐬌𐬌𐬀 (maiδya), Sanskrit मध्य (madhya), Latin medius.

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /maɪˈdɑːn/, /mædˈɑːn/


maidan (plural maidans)

  1. (chiefly Iran, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan) An expanse of open space in or by a city or town.
    • M. Crawford
      a gallop on the green maidan
    • 1957, Lawrence Durrell, Justine, Faber, page 84:
      Below on the amorphous brown-violet meidan by the railway station

Etymology 2[edit]

1993, from Майда́н Незале́жності (Majdán Nezaléžnosti, Independence Square) in Kiev, from Ukrainian майда́н (majdán, square), from Ottoman Turkish میدان (meydân), from the same Persian source as above.

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Maidan (plural Maidans or maidans)

  1. Independence Square, the main city square in Kiev, Ukraine.
  2. The Orange Revolution protests that took place in Kiev’s Maidan in 2004–05; the Euromaidan protests of 2013–14; the protest movement associated with the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution.
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For usage examples of this term, see Citations:maidan.




Borrowing from Turkish meydan (square, open space).


maidan n (plural maidane)

  1. open space


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