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


a multimedia exhibit of photographs, films, and music

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The upcoming Ragdale Ring Performance Series is scheduled for July 10 and August 14, concluding with a multimedia dinner party for all ages on September 14. Gina Grillo,, "Unveiling of new Ragdale Ring reveals design 'surprising in its simplicity'," 14 June 2019 See hundreds of new specimens and old favorites in new, more scientifically accurate poses, in addition to multimedia experiences and fossils that visitors can actually reach out and touch. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 7 June 2019 Mounted in collaboration with the Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum, the show features film clips, a replica of a spacecraft, Navy flight clothing, photographs, historic artifacts, and multimedia components. Stephan Salisbury,, "N.C. Wyeth, Penn Museum’s moving sphinx, Gee’s Bend quilters, and more museum highlights," 5 June 2019 Mendoza began to toy with the idea of combining cannabis and its therapeutic effects with his own food, and presenting it at multimedia events with music, in comfortable surroundings. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Herbal Notes is planting the seeds of culinary cannabis in Chicago," 18 Apr. 2018 More Film Reviews Many people are, as spectators or collectors, so the movie—part of a multimedia effort that includes a traveling photo exhibition, currently in Oslo, and a book published last year—may well find an audience. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Generation Wealth’ Review: Lifestyles of the Rich and Heinous," 19 July 2018 The exhibition is split into four sections that range from a survey of the couple’s early life in California to their models and material experiments to multimedia projects like the iconic short film Powers of Ten. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Massive new Eames exhibition sheds light on iconic couple’s legacy and California life," 17 Oct. 2018 In previously unaired footage that was released by James' multimedia platform UNINTERRUPTED on Monday, the 33-year-old says he's already thought about the prospect of playing with — or even against — LeBron Jr., who will turn 14 in October. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "LeBron James says playing in NBA with son Bronny would be 'greatest achievement in my life'," 12 June 2018 The experimental Cemeti Art House, which has graphic pieces from leading pop artist Popok Tri Wahyudi, and Ace House Collective both host frequent multimedia art and performances by Indonesian and foreign talent. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yogyakarta Is the Cultural Hub to Hit on Your Next Trip to Southeast Asia," 16 Nov. 2018

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

In addition to mainstage programs, the calendar includes Carte Blanche Concerts, Café Conversations and the illuminating multimedia Encounter series. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "Music@Menlo fest back with another dizzying, delicious lineup," 8 July 2019 The luxury fashion house debuted a collab with multimedia artist and designer Alex Israel that features an eight-piece collection of stunning textiles. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Louis Vuitton and Artist Alex Israel Debut a Limited-Edition Scarf Collection," 2 July 2019 This was a tougher year for the European car makers, with all 10 brands finishing below average as owners reported more problems using the multimedia system and other electronics. Ben Foldy, WSJ, "Progress on New-Car Quality Stalls After Years of Improvement, J.D. Power Says," 19 June 2019 For Luis Hernández, a multimedia journalist at Univision in El Paso, the photographer was doing her job. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "How Controversy Over the Photo of a Drowned Migrant Father and Daughter Captured the Profound Cost of the Border Crisis," 26 June 2019 Suicide prevention DeWine wanted $18 million to educate students about suicide prevention and another $18 million for a multimedia campaign to reduce the stigma surrounding suicide. Jessie Balmert,, "Crunch time for Ohio lawmakers: deals needed on taxes, graduation requirements, more," 20 June 2019 Delve into the immigrant experience at a multimedia laboratory founded by a National Geographic photographer. National Geographic, "New York City High School Photography Workshop," 17 June 2019 Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Grand Valley State University. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 This multimedia program of dance and film features nine company dancers, as well as guest artist Ashley Searles performing the work of another Philadelphia choreographer, Asya Zlatina. Ellen Dunkel,, "Hot dates in dance: A BalletX ‘Little Prince,’ rising-star choreographers, and offseason work for Pa. Ballet dancers," 5 June 2019

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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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