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media1

[mee-dee-uh]
noun
  1. a plural of medium.
  2. (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.
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or concerned with such means: a job in media research.
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Usage note

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.

media2

[mee-dee-uh]
noun, plural me·di·ae [mee-dee-ee] /ˈmi diˌi/.
  1. Greek Grammar. a voiced plosive, as β, δ, γ.
  2. Anatomy. the middle layer of an artery or lymphatic vessel.
  3. Entomology. a longitudinal vein in the middle portion of the wing of an insect.
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Origin of media2

1835–45; < Late Latin (grammar sense only), noun use of feminine singular of Latin medius central, mid1
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Related Words

newstelevisionradiopublishingcorrespondencedisclosurecableannouncementintelligencecommunicationsexpression

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British Dictionary definitions for mediae

Media

noun
  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
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media1

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

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

media2

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
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Word Origin

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

media

n.

"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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