[ mee-dee-uhl ]
See synonyms for: medialmedialsmedially on

  1. situated in or pertaining to the middle; median; intermediate.

  2. pertaining to a mean or average; average.

  1. Phonetics. within a word or syllable; neither initial nor final, as the t, a, and n in stand.

  2. Entomology. pertaining to, involving, or situated near the media.

  1. Phonetics.

Origin of medial

First recorded in 1560–70, medial is from the Late Latin word mediālis middle. See medium, -al1

Other words from medial

  • me·di·al·ly, adverb
  • post·me·di·al, adjective
  • sub·me·di·al, adjective
  • sub·me·di·al·ly, adverb
  • su·per·me·di·al, adjective
  • su·per·me·di·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use medial in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for medial


/ (ˈmiːdɪəl) /

  1. of or situated in the middle

  2. ordinary or average in size

  1. maths relating to an average

  2. zoology of or relating to a media

  1. phonetics a speech sound between being fortis and lenis; media

Origin of medial

C16: from Late Latin mediālis, from medius middle

Derived forms of medial

  • medially, adverb

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