noun (1), often attributive
me·​dia | \ ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce media (audio) \
plural medias

Definition of media

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a 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 2b


noun (2)
me·​dia | \ ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce media (audio) \
plural mediae\ ˈmē-​dē-​ˌē How to pronounce media (audio) \

Definition of media (Entry 2 of 4)

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


Definition of media (Entry 3 of 4)

plural of medium


geographical name
Me·​dia | \ ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce Media (audio) \

Definition of Media (Entry 4 of 4)

ancient country and province of the Persian Empire in the northwestern part of modern Iran

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Geographical name

Median \ ˈmē-​dē-​ən How to pronounce Media (audio) \ adjective or noun

Is media singular or plural?: Usage Guide

Noun (1)

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.

First Known Use of media

Noun (1)

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for media

Noun (1)

plural of medium

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“Media.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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me·​dia | \ ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce media (audio) \

Kids Definition of media

: the system and organizations of communication through which information is spread to a large number of people
Hint: Media can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.


Medical Definition of media

 (Entry 1 of 3)

plural of medium


me·​dia | \ ˈmēd-ē-ə How to pronounce media (audio) \
plural mediae\ -​ē-​ˌē How to pronounce media (audio) \

Medical Definition of media (Entry 2 of 3)

: the middle coat of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel consisting chiefly of circular muscle fibers

called also tunica media


Medical Definition of media (Entry 3 of 3)

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