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[meed] /mid/
a native or inhabitant of Media.
Origin of Mede
1350-1400; Middle English Medis (plural), Old English Mēdas < Latin Mēdī < Greek Mêdoi (plural), Mêdos (singular) < Old Persian Māda Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And for temporal favour and Mede, they sell and give benefices to unworthy and unable persons; yea, these simoners sell sin!

  • Notice again how the Mede's own character is maintained: he speaks as he felt then.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • The sheltering tenderness of the Mede and Persian would have been very grateful just then to their little daughter.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • In its first charter the town is called "the new borough of Mede."

    The Isle of Wight G. E. Mitton
  • But to make confusion worse confounded, if these chapters were meant for history, the problematic "Darius the Mede" is in Dan.

  • The Mede and the Persian did not, however, meet it with cold logic.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • Whatever his present fraud, whatever his previous career, this daring Mede was enabled to make his reign beloved and respected.

  • Herodotus, at any rate, once represents Gobryas as calling him a Mede.

  • So he spoke, and the first to answer was the Mede who had claimed kinship with Cyrus in the old days.

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  • He cep ra sceatta, and blissa on am wurmynte, and hf his Mede for isum life, and bi bescyred re ecan Mede.

British Dictionary definitions for Mede


a member of an Indo-European people of West Iranian speech who established an empire in SW Asia in the 7th and 6th centuries bc
Derived Forms
Median, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Mede

inhabitant of ancient Media, late 14c., from Latin Medus, from Greek Medos "Mede," from the indigenous people-name Medes, said to be from the name of their first king (Medos).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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