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Etymology 1[edit]

From Persian میدان (meydân, town-square or central place of gathering) (compare Arabic مَيْدَان (maydān)), from Middle Persian mēd (middle, center), 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 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 the same Persian/Arabic source as maidan/meidan 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 there in 2004–05.
  3. Other such protests in Ukraine.
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For usage examples of this term, see Citations:maidan.