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

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

But the unique multimedia event also helped highlight a lesser known fact about the artist: that in addition to being one of Great Britain’s exciting rap talents, Simz has a burgeoning photography practice. Vogue, "Already a British Rap Wunderkind, Little Simz Is a Rising Photographer, Too," 18 Apr. 2019 Companies can also download photos of life around San Diego — including pictures of surfboards and craft beer — as well as get industry profile sheets, videos and other multimedia. Phillip Molnar,, "San Diego launches campaign to help employers attract workers," 15 May 2018 Their show, a medley of songs that includes some of her old hits, would open a yearlong multimedia installation at Mass MoCA’s Kidspace by Consenses, the arts organization that Ms. Taylor founded half a dozen years ago. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Carly Simon and Her Family, on Martha’s Vineyard," 30 June 2018 The company tapped into his expertise in multimedia and content creation, areas that have become crucial in the toy industry but where Mattel was lacking. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Mattel Names New CEO as It Seeks Answer to Sales Slump," 19 Apr. 2018 The company will present the world premiere of Sky on Swings by composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch, as well as a new multimedia installation at the Barnes called Glass Handel with music by Philip Glass and G. F. Handel. Peter Dobrin,, "Opera Philadelphia's O18 brings the festival format back - but what about Opera on the Mall?," 19 Mar. 2018 Outside of its live performances, the work, featuring Frank Lawson as Vereen, also stands as a multimedia art installation (on view at YBCA through March 25), presenting video footage of the play alongside its physical set pieces. Brandon Yu, San Francisco Chronicle, "Drama re-creates Ben Vereen’s controversial blackface performance," 14 Feb. 2018 Along the promenade, Procter & Gamble Co. sponsored a multimedia installation that dispelled myths about women at work. Fortune, "How the World Economic Forum Brought #MeToo to Davos," 26 Jan. 2018 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

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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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