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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for medes

Historical Examples of medes

  • 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.



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



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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for medes


  1. 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 FormsMedian, noun, adjective
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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