From Middle English middel, from Old English middel, middle, from Proto-Germanic *midlą, *midilą, *medalą, a diminutive of Proto-Germanic *midjō ("middle, midst") (compare *midjaz), from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos ("between, in the middle, middle"). Cognate with West Frisian middel, Dutch middel, German mittel ("middle"), German Mittel ("middle, means"), Danish middel ("means, agent, medicine"). Related also to Swedish medel ("means, medium"), Icelandic meðal ("means, medicine"). See also mid.
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