- a plural of medium.
- (usually used with a plural verb) the means of communication, as radio and television, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet, that reach or influence people widely: The media are covering the speech tonight.
- pertaining to or concerned with such means: a job in media research.
Media, like data, is the plural form of a word borrowed directly from Latin. The singular, medium, early developed the meaning “an intervening agency, means, or instrument” and was first applied to newspapers two centuries ago. In the 1920s media began to appear as a singular collective noun, sometimes with the plural medias. This singular use is now common in the fields of mass communication and advertising, but it is not frequently found outside them: The media is (or are ) not antibusiness.
- Greek Grammar. a voiced plosive, as β, δ, γ.
- Anatomy. the middle layer of an artery or lymphatic vessel.
- Entomology. a longitudinal vein in the middle portion of the wing of an insect.
Origin of media2
1835–45; < Late Latin (grammar sense only), noun use of feminine singular of Latin medius central, mid1
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Examples from the Web for mediae
It is not until much later times that the h in the mutated forms of the tenues, or the use of the dot, was extended to the mediae.
As a rule the medial mutation of the tenues and mediae is not denoted in O. Welsh.
It agrees with Breton on the following points:—It has given up the nasal mutation of initials but provects the mediae.
- 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
- a plural of medium
- the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio
- 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
- the middle layer of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
- one of the main veins in the wing of an insect
- a consonant whose articulation lies midway between that of a voiced and breathed speech sound
- a consonant pronounced with weak voice, as c in French second
C19: from Latin medius middle
Word Origin and History for mediae
"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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper