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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for medes
Historical Examples
  • The laws of hospitality are as the laws of the medes and Persians.

  • Cyaxares and his medes followed, and all arms took their breakfast in the camp.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • The winner among the medes was Artabazus, the horse he rode being a gift from Cyrus.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • It's part of the family plan, and the medes and Persians aren't in it when the family plan is in question.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • But these conventions are not like the laws of the medes and the Persians.

    The War in South Africa

    Arthur Conan Doyle
  • This city, he tells us, had also been inhabited by medes, and taken by the king of Persia.


    Znade A. Ragozin
  • This should be to the Apiarian, as "the law of the medes and Persians, which altereth not."

  • The medes had the same equipment as their men on foot, and the Kissians likewise.

  • Thus the Spartans sent these to the medes to be put to death.

  • She had given her word, and Judy's word was like the laws of the medes and Persians.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
British Dictionary definitions for medes


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 medes


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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