[muhl-tee-mee-dee-uh, muhl-tahy-]

noun (used with a singular verb)

the combined use of several media, as sound and full-motion video in computer applications.


of, relating to, or involving the use of multimedia.
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. 2019

Examples from the Web for multimedia

Contemporary Examples of multimedia

Historical Examples of multimedia

  • We give life to images, sounds, textures, to multimedia and virtual reality involving ourselves in new interactions.

  • The literate argument of science and multimedia's non-linear heuristic path to science are fundamentally different.

  • To access a book is different from accessing a multimedia knowledge platform.

  • Hackers even made sites available from which it is possible to download whole software and multimedia products.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for multimedia


pl n

the combined use of media such as television, slides, etc, esp in education


of or relating to the use of a combination of mediamultimedia teaching aids
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 multimedia

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper