From Middle English midwinter, from Old English midwinter, from Proto-West Germanic *midiwintru, from Proto-Germanic *midjawintruz (“midwinter”), equivalent to mid- + winter. Cognate with West Frisian midwinter (“midwinter”), Dutch midwinter (“midwinter”), German Mittwinter (“midwinter”), Danish midvinter (“midwinter”), Swedish midvinter (“midwinter”).
- The middle of winter.
- 1961 October, “The winter timetables of British Railways: Western Region”, in Trains Illustrated, page 590:
- Except for the mid-winter period, when the 11.30 a.m. from Paddington and its opposite number will be withdrawn - Torquay now has seven daily expresses to and from Paddington as compared with five down and six up previously.
- The winter solstice; about December 21st or 22nd.
midwinter m (plural midwinters)
- In cases other than the strong nominative singular, the prefix usually becomes the adjective midd and is inflected: Ne bēoþ nāne wilde blostman on midne winter (“There are no wildflowers in the middle of winter”). Middæġ (“noon”), midniht (“midnight”), and midsumor (“midsummer”) work the same way.