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

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 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

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

Yassim Alsalman, a rapper and multimedia artist from Canada whose stage name is Narcy, doesn’t bring a credit card while traveling to hold himself to a budget. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Your Cash Is No Good Here. Literally.," 28 Dec. 2018 This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal. Stina Sieg, azcentral, "Stubbornly steadfast, pack mules keep Grand Canyon moving," 9 June 2018 Performances The Chanukah Party SAT Community multimedia celebration, live stand-up comedy, musical performances, a dance party, food, 8 p.m. Saturday, Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, Winter Solstice Night Market, Jingle Bell Run," 5 Dec. 2018 The company is also expanding messaging support in Android Auto from SMS to MMS, for multimedia messaging, and the new RCS, or rich communication services, standard. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Android Auto update makes playing music and messaging easier and less distracting," 29 Nov. 2018 While details are limited at the moment (no official name or premiere date have been announced) plans are currently geared toward a 2019 launch for the multimedia brand. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Jenna Lyons Is Returning to the Style World With a New Reality Show," 9 Oct. 2018 The multimedia campaign launching on Wednesday is paid for by Alianza for Progress, a new group that advocates for Puerto Ricans in Florida. Bianca Padró Ocasio,, "Progressive Puerto Rican group launches ad campaign against Gov. Rick Scott," 11 July 2018 Conservative media firebrand Glenn Beck’s multimedia empire TheBlaze appears to be on its last legs after another round of layoffs and after a prospective high-profile buyer lost interest. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Liberal hostility toward Trump aides could galvanize the GOP base," 25 June 2018 Notre Dame earlier this year struck a 12-year multimedia partnership Notre Dame with JMI Sports that included national radio. Phil Rosenthal,, "Allen Pinkett tells paper he and Don Criqui are out as Notre Dame football voices," 18 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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