[ in-ter-mee-dee-er-ee ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmi diˌɛr i /

noun, plural in·ter·me·di·ar·ies.

an intermediate agent or agency; a go-between or mediator.
a medium or means.
an intermediate form or stage.


being between; intermediate.
acting between persons, parties, etc.; serving as an intermediate agent or agency: an intermediary power.

Nearby words

  1. intermaxillary bone,
  2. intermaxillary suture,
  3. intermeddle,
  4. intermedia,
  5. intermediacy,
  6. intermediary nerve,
  7. intermediate,
  8. intermediate antebrachial vein,
  9. intermediate basilic vein,
  10. intermediate card

Origin of intermediary

1785–95; < Late Latin intermedi(um) intervening place + -ary; see intermediate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intermediary


/ (ˌɪntəˈmiːdɪərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

a person who acts as a mediator or agent between parties
something that acts as a medium or means
an intermediate state or period


acting as an intermediary
situated, acting, or coming between; intermediate
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Word Origin and History for intermediary


1788 (adj.); 1791 (n.), from French intermédiaire (17c.), from Medieval Latin intermedium, from Latin intermedius (see intermediate).

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