Meaning of mid-century in English:



  • The middle of a century.

    ‘the world's population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by mid-century’
    • ‘The most successful artist of the mid-century was Boucher.’
    • ‘Historical genre was gradually eclipsed by scenes from a semi-imaginary Orient, a reflection of the colonialism of the mid-century.’
    • ‘The French landscape artists of the mid-century are also accorded their proper place here.’
    • ‘A different social dimension was introduced mid-century with Ruskin's passionate advocacy of liberal art education.’
    • ‘By the mid-century the institutions, markets and practices we associate with cultural production were firmly established.’
    • ‘By mid-century the Federal Reserve System had become a bona fide central bank with headquarters in Washington.’
    • ‘It's likely the legend of Robin Hood arose in mid-century or maybe a little earlier, during the reigns of Edward II or Edward III.’
    • ‘Between 1830 and mid-century, colonial licensing laws were repealed, temporary, or rarely enforced.’
    • ‘The expansion of agricultural land and farm numbers continued well into the 1900s, but by mid-century both trends had been reversed.’
    • ‘At mid-century men engaged in intercolonial trade rather than in tobacco planting and those who cultivated strong Dutch connections owned more than a fourth of all the slaves in Virginia.’


  • Characteristic of or occurring in the middle of a century.

    ‘mid-century modernist architecture’
    • ‘the mid-century wars generated much patriotic rhetoric’
    • ‘Like any Southern California Modernist, Schmidt reveres Neutra's mid-century architecture.’
    • ‘There is almost no trace of mid-century Western art in any museum in Russia.’
    • ‘His modular creations upended mid-century design.’
    • ‘In mid-century America, it was against the law for a pension fund to invest all but a small part of its portfolio in stocks.’
    • ‘She noted that the schemes of the mid-century urban planners could not have destroyed neighborhoods better if they had been designed to do so.’
    • ‘She does present the reader with an intriguing picture of how women of the "popular classes" fit into the changing economy of mid-century Paris.’
    • ‘It is hard to envision any stable European system emerging to replace the one finally buried in these last of the mid-century wars.’
    • ‘The general recovery of the English Church from mid-century disarray can be traced in the evidence from the 1590s onwards of widespread restoration of church buildings and refurnishing for the Protestant liturgy.’
    • ‘The mid-century domestic political upheavals in France altered the pace and nature of the French colonial impact in North Africa.’
    • ‘Clashes continued, as it proved impossible in peacetime to reduce the burden of taxes first justified by the demands of mid-century wars.’