mul·​ti·​me·​dia | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce multimedia (audio) , -ˌtī- \

Definition of multimedia

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: using, involving, or encompassing several media a multimedia approach to learning

Definition of multimedia (Entry 2 of 2)

: a technique (such as the combining of sound, video, and text) for expressing ideas (as in communication, entertainment, or art) in which several media are employed also : something (such as software) using or facilitating such a technique

Examples of multimedia in a Sentence

Adjective a multimedia exhibit of photographs, films, and music
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective House impeachment managers have said in recent days that this will be a multimedia-heavy case, relying on video and images from Jan. 6, which is meant for a much wider audience than the US Senate. James Pindell,, "A key subplot of Trump’s impeachment trial: the clock," 9 Feb. 2021 The project included reporters Noelle Crombie and Kale Williams, and multimedia journalists Beth Nakamura and Dave Killen. oregonlive, "The Oregonian/OregonLive wins 11 regional journalism first-place awards," 19 May 2020 In this step-by-step video, Houston Chronicle multimedia producer Laura Duclos shows how to craft your own fashionable and functional face coverings at home using nothing more than a rubber band. an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors. Houston Chronicle, "Watch: How to make no-sew, CDC-approved coronavirus face coverings," 29 Apr. 2020 The most moving shows of the season for ’s editors were the ones that engaged our spirits, be it through modern dance (Marc Jacobs), a multimedia performance (Louis Vuitton), or the collective act of creation (Gucci). Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Fall 2020’s Most Viewed Shows on Vogue Runway," 6 Mar. 2020 Staff photographers Ryan Garza, Kimberly P. Mitchell, Mandi Wright and Eric Seals took home a combined 11 awards including four first places in the photography and multimedia video categories as well as Best in Show for Garza. Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press, "Free Press photographers honored in state contest," 27 Feb. 2020 There is also Candace Chambers, 32, a digital marketing consultant in Oakland who earned a master’s in multimedia communications nine years ago from the Academy of Art. Nanette Asimov,, "Ex-students blame for-profit Academy of Art University in SF for crushing debt," 18 Feb. 2020 For an overview of all the coming changes, check out the Epcot Experience, a multimedia film in the round, inside the park’s Odyssey Pavilion. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "What’s new in Orlando? Big updates coming to Epcot, Disney, Universal Studio, SeaWorld, Legoland," 26 Jan. 2020 Three hefty option packages cover the luxury, tech, and multimedia bases and help kick the S60’s price from $37,045 to $46,240. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Starter Sports Sedan Rivalry: Alfa vs. BMW vs. Genesis vs. Volvo," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction Champagne’s multimedia work communicates authentic human experiences., "Black Joy. Black Wellness. Black Futures.," 10 Feb. 2021 The composer, vocalist and multimedia artist Pamela Z was supposed to have a good 2020. New York Times, "Pamela Z Manipulates Voices in a Virtual Tour of Times Square," 7 Jan. 2021 Avid Technology, a technology and multimedia company, does not have any business related to voting software or machines. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Claims linking Dominion Voting Systems to Democrats are wrong or misleading," 20 Nov. 2020 Frank Johnson, a poet and multimedia artist, will continue to do publicity and consulting for the company. Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. poet who works to amplify Black voices just sold her own memoir, ‘Butch,’ to Knopf," 17 Nov. 2020 Kodex Interactive is donating the setup and services for its content management system so the foundation can add photos and multimedia storytelling into a device that Kodex CEO Trent Decatur said can be moved around depending on the flow of people. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "A new group is creating a public archive of a Mass Ave. theater and founder Ron Spencer," 11 Nov. 2020 The large focus early has been on education, arts, multimedia and technology integration, but sports soon will be a big part of the campus. Mitch Stephens,, "Al Attles’ 84th birthday celebration draws Oakland greats for a charitable cause," 5 Nov. 2020 The exhibition will feature objects, first person accounts and multimedia to tell the story of Latinos. Eddy Martinez, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Latino History Is American History," 14 Oct. 2020 Excellent multimedia resources for supporting teen mental health, managing the college application process during the pandemic, and more from The Jed Foundation. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Dear Struggling Parents, It's Not Just You. This Is Hard," 31 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of multimedia


1962, in the meaning defined above

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Multimedia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of multimedia

: using or involving several forms of communication or expression


mul·​ti·​me·​dia | \ ˌməl-ti-ˈmē-dē-ə \

Kids Definition of multimedia

: using or composed of more than one form of communication or expression The museum has a multimedia exhibit of photos, videos, and music.

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