[muhl-tee-mee-dee-uh, muhl-tahy-]
  1. of, relating to, or involving the use of multimedia.
  2. having or offering the use of various communications or promotional media: a multimedia corporation that owns TV stations and newspapers.

Origin of multimedia

First recorded in 1960–65; multi- + media1
Related formsmul·ti·me·di·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for multi-medial


pl n
  1. the combined use of media such as television, slides, etc, esp in education
  1. of or relating to the use of a combination of mediamultimedia teaching aids
  2. computing of or relating to any of various systems which can manipulate data in a variety of forms, such as sound, graphics, or text
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Word Origin and History for multi-medial



also multi-media, 1962, from multi- + media.

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