• (British) IPA: /mʌɪˈdɑːn/, /ˈmʌɪdɑːn/
  • (America) IPA: /maɪˈdɑn/

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 2005, p. 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
  • Spanish: meidán


  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.
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