mul·​ti·​me·​dia | \-ˈmē-dē-ə \

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


a multimedia exhibit of photographs, films, and music

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The galleries include some text panels—one recounts comedy’s history from the Ancient Greeks to contemporary podcasts—but this is really a multimedia museum. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "No Joke: A Museum About Comedy," 31 July 2018 Its members choreograph and present new works, tour nationally and internationally, train teachers in their innovative methods, and are known for their groundbreaking commitment to improvisation and to multimedia performance. Nancy G. Heller,, "Group Motion, Philly's modern dance innovator, throws itself a 50th birthday bash for the ages," 27 June 2018 But, from a power perspective at least, if a 4-terabyte, six-core MacBook Pro does in fact mean people can step away from their desktop workstations and produce heavy multimedia projects in the field, that is a marked improvement. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)," 12 July 2018 There are four trim levels; the tester was a Limited, with the optional multimedia navigation, Harman Kardon audio, and panoramic moonroof, for $42,920. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Subaru Ascent: A Bigger, Better Family SUV," 12 July 2018 Telemundo 31/WTMO is adding two multimedia journalists to its Orlando news team. Hal Boedeker,, "Telemundo 31 adding 2 multimedia journalists," 2 July 2018 The music of multimedia duo Faka, composed of artists Fela Gucci and Desire Marea, served as part of the soundtrack to the Spring 2019 Versace menswear show. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Nigerian Star Wizkid Walks the Dolce & Gabbana Runway With Naomi Campbell," 18 June 2018 Firstly, Spotify is quickly expanding into a multimedia hub beyond audio streaming -- investing in new original series like education-focused The Game Plan -- and video is now the service's fastest-growing source of ad revenue. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Spotify vs. Pandora: Which Radio Competitor Is Winning at the Ad-Supported Game?," 1 June 2018 The comic’s comics Maria Bamford: Last year, Hannibal Buress arguably outshone the headliners with a devastatingly funny multimedia performance for a packed crowd in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "What the Clusterfest? The Chronicle’s guide to navigating the comedy festival — banana stand included," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Along with the grandstand at the rear of the building, the museum concept and its ahead-of-its time use of video and multimedia shows the duo thinking about architecture as a platform for emerging digital technologies. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018 Students doing multimedia or coding work will be better off with a more complete OS. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide," 13 Aug. 2018 The filmmaker, attorney turned multimedia artist Kristin Adair, is a fellow this year at Halcyon. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "Locked up for years as teens, they’ve returned home to D.C. hoping to make a difference," 5 June 2018 The multimedia artist was born to American parents in Landstuhl, Germany, in 1977, but attended Gainesville schools and the University of Florida. Matthew J. Palm,, "Kenya (Robinson) wins OMA's Florida Prize," 2 June 2018 Privacy - Terms Shortly after the announcement was made in April, FDC signed a single-source contract with JPay to install multimedia kiosks and tablets for use by inmates no cost to the state. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Cash-strapped Florida prison agency wants private vendor to profit from inmate visits," 31 May 2018 This major festival brings together the best of opera, classical music, world music, theater, dance, art, and multimedia performances at venues throughout the city. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Amsterdam in June 2018," 29 May 2018 Reid will give a multimedia presentation with film clips, still images and personal stories from 30 years of exploration in Alaska. Linda Mcintosh,, "Daughters of American Revolution keep marching news," 12 July 2018 IMG College, the exclusive multimedia rights holder for UC Athletics, was a partner on the project. Tom Groeschen,, "Cincinnati Bearcats: Renovated Fifth Third Arena to feature new video boards," 15 June 2018

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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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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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