1. an ancient country in W Asia, S of the Caspian Sea, corresponding generally to NW Iran. Capital: Ecbatana. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. an ancient city in Iran, on the site of modern Hamadān; capital of Media and royal residence of the Persians and Parthians


  1. an ancient country of SW Asia, south of the Caspian Sea: inhabited by the Medes; overthrew the Assyrian Empire in 612 bc in alliance with Babylonia; conquered by Cyrus the Great in 550 bc; corresponds to present-day NW Iran


  1. a plural of medium
  2. the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio
  1. of or relating to the mass mediamedia hype


When media refers to the mass media, it is sometimes treated as a singular form, as in: the media has shown great interest in these events. Many people think this use is incorrect and that media should always be treated as a plural form: the media have shown great interest in these events


noun plural -diae (-dɪˌiː)
  1. the middle layer of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
  2. one of the main veins in the wing of an insect
  3. phonetics
    1. a consonant whose articulation lies midway between that of a voiced and breathed speech sound
    2. a consonant pronounced with weak voice, as c in French second

Word Origin for media

C19: from Latin medius middle
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Word Origin and History for ecbatana



"newspapers, radio, TV, etc." 1927, perhaps abstracted from mass media (1923, a technical term in advertising), plural of medium, on notion of "intermediate agency," a sense found in that word in English from c.1600.

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