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

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 This the 102nd year of the awards, which are given out for achievements in print, online and multimedia journalism, as well as in literature and the arts. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY NETWORK honored with three Pulitzer Prize Awards," 30 May 2018

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

The upper level will include classrooms and a multimedia room. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "New Illiana Christian High School set to open in August," 13 July 2018 Library history room Local libraries aren't just for books, multimedia or contemporary programs. Geoff Bruce, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 things to do in the Northwest suburbs this week," 2 Jan. 2018 This is the kind of special multimedia, new-music event that the Philharmonic undertook as a matter of course not so long ago, and should, too, in the future. David Allen, New York Times, "6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 7 June 2018 Erik is vice president of strategic accounts at a multimedia and communications company. Roxanne Washington,, "Cool Spaces: Heidi and Erik Salo mix-and-match decor in Century-old Lakewood Colonial: (photos)," 4 Apr. 2018 The lessons are extremely detailed and come with suggestions for activities, multimedia and additional reading. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Millions of Students Are Quietly Being Taught the Koch Brothers’ Whitewashed Version of Black History," 14 Mar. 2018 Tonight’s show is sponsored by Lyrical Lemonade, a rap blog that’s become a mini multimedia empire thanks to its founder—in-demand video director, and new tastemaker Cole Bennett. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Chicago rap group Hurt Everybody reunites as its members build bright solo careers," 12 July 2018 Leading up to Ostroff’s official start date in August, analysts have framed the news as a surefire sign of Spotify’s enduring ambitions to grow into a multimedia and advertising hub beyond music. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Aggressive Content Bundling Might Be Spotify's Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon," 10 July 2018 Without the gallery of guest stars or multimedia spectacles which are typically this project’s stock in trade, the album succeeds — or fails — solely on the merits of Albarn’s songwriting. Terence Cawley,, "Albarn’s rain-cloud reflections leave Gorillaz in the mist," 4 July 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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