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See also: Maidan, máidān, and mǎidān


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Etymology 1[edit]

From Hindustaniمیدان(medān) / मैदान (maidān), and its source, Persianمیدان(meydân, maydān, town-square or central place of gathering), from Arabicمَيْدَان(maydān), itself an Iranian borrowing (see the Arabic entry for more), from Proto-Iranian *madyānah, from *mádyah (middle), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *mádʰyas, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos. Compare Avestan𐬨𐬀𐬌𐬜𐬌𐬌𐬀(maiδiia), Sanskrit मध्य (madhya), Latin medius.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /maɪˈdɑːn/, /ˈmaɪdɑːn/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /maɪˈdɑn/
  • Rhymes: (UK) -ɑːn, (US) -ɑn


maidan (plural maidans)

  1. (chiefly South Asia) A marketplace or other open space in or by a city or town; an esplanade. [from 16th c.]
    • 1924, EM Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin, published 2005, page 5:
      Inland, the prospect alters. There is an oval maidan, and a long sallow hospital.
    • 1957, Lawrence Durrell, Justine, Faber, page 84:
      Below on the amorphous brown-violet meidan by the railway station […].
    • M. Crawford
      a gallop on the green maidan
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Майда́н Незале́жності (Majdán Nezaléžnosti, Independence Square) in Kiev, from Ukrainian майда́н (majdán, square), from Ottoman Turkishمیدان(meydan), 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. [from 1993]
  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.

For quotations using this term, see Citations:maidan.

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Borrowed from Ottoman Turkishمیدان(meydan, square, open space), from Persianمیدان(meydân), from Arabicمَيْدَان(maydān).


maidan n (plural maidane)

  1. open space, undeveloped land within a city


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