media

1 of 3

noun (1)

me·​dia ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce media (audio)
plural medias
often attributive
1
a
singular or plural in construction : mass media
b
medias plural : members of the mass media
2
: a medium of cultivation, conveyance, or expression
Air is a media that conveys sound.
especially : medium sense 2a
Is media singular or plural?: Usage Guide

The singular media and its plural medias seem to have originated in the field of advertising over 70 years ago; they are still so used without stigma in that specialized field. In most other applications media is used as a plural of medium. The popularity of the word in references to the agencies of mass communication is leading to the formation of a mass noun, construed as a singular.

there's no basis for it. You know, the news media gets on to something Edwin Meese 3d
the media is less interested in the party's policies James Lewis, Guardian Weekly

This use is not as well established as the mass-noun use of data and is likely to incur criticism especially in writing.

media

2 of 3

noun (2)

me·​dia ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce media (audio)
plural mediae ˈmē-dē-ˌē How to pronounce media (audio)
1
[Late Latin, from Latin, feminine of medius; from the voiced stops' being regarded as intermediate between the tenues and the aspirates] : a voiced (see voiced sense 2) stop (see stop entry 2 sense 1b)
2
[New Latin, from Latin] : the middle coat of the wall of a blood or lymph (see lymph sense 2) vessel consisting chiefly of circular muscle fibers

media

3 of 3

plural of medium

Examples of media in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
With the prospective jurors out of the courtroom, the judge told both sides that Trump had been audibly muttering and gesturing during the questioning of a prospective juror over a social media post. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 17 Apr. 2024 Trump raised the prospect of future arrests of some of the Jan. 6 committee participants in a social media post on March 18. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 17 Apr. 2024 Criticizing an outfit design that other athletes may prefer is not the answer, Moon said in a social media post. Emma Bowman, NPR, 17 Apr. 2024 Additionally, Iger at a recent media event said the company likely would hold back some of its theme park funds so the organization could move on the popularity of new films or franchises. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2024 Many of us seek beauty inspiration from our social media feeds, particularly from Black women who provide us with great recommendations for skincare products. Larry Stansbury, Essence, 16 Apr. 2024 As in previous seasons, contestants must use catfishing and other deception techniques entirely on a social media application to win over their fellow contestants' approval and, in the end, $100,000. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2024 In a social media post on Thursday, Ms. Noem argued that her comments about cartel activity on the reservations were similar to remarks that Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, made last month before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 The social media numbers were included in the center’s after-storm report, an analysis compiled for every tropical cyclone tracked by the agency. Jenny Staletovich, Miami Herald, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

plural of medium

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of media was in 1841

Dictionary Entries Near media

Cite this Entry

“Media.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/media. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

media

1 of 2

plural of medium

media

2 of 2 noun
me·​dia
ˈmēd-ē-ə
1
: a medium of cultivation, conveyance, or expression
especially : medium sense 3
2
a
singular or plural : forms or systems of communication designed to reach a large number of people : mass media
b
plural : members of the mass media

Medical Definition

media

1 of 3

plural of medium

media

2 of 3 noun
me·​dia ˈmēd-ē-ə How to pronounce media (audio)
plural mediae -ē-ˌē How to pronounce media (audio)
: the middle coat of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel consisting chiefly of circular muscle fibers

called also tunica media

Geographical Definition

Media

geographical name

Me·​dia ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce Media (audio)
ancient country and province of the Persian Empire in the northwestern part of modern Iran
Median adjective or noun

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