MIA

noun
\ ˌem-(ˌ)ī-ˈā \

Definition of MIA 

: a member of the armed forces whose whereabouts following a combat mission are unknown and whose death cannot be established beyond reasonable doubt

Examples of MIA in a Sentence

The fate of most MIAs in the war is still not known.

First Known Use of MIA

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for MIA

missing in action

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about MIA

Dictionary Entries near MIA

MHz

mi

MI

MIA

Miacidae

Miacis

Miami

Statistics for MIA

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for MIA

The first known use of MIA was in 1944

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for MIA

MIA

noun

English Language Learners Definition of MIA

: a soldier who was not found after a battle and who may or may not be dead : a soldier who is missing in action

More from Merriam-Webster on MIA

See words that rhyme with MIA

Comments on MIA

What made you want to look up MIA? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

by word of mouth

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!