social media

noun

plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos)

Examples of social media in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, social media users may not always be truthful or accurate in their responses. Elijah Clark, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Once launched, social media scrutiny is often unforgiving. Patrick Frater, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 Some country fans took to social media to claim that the 32-time Grammy winner’s music doesn’t fit within the genre. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 Nevertheless, Wiley returned to social media the following year to share more antisemitic sentiments. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 23 Feb. 2024 Listen to podcasts, read books, give polyamorous creators a follow on social media. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 For most purposes like social media, websites, and small prints, JPEG is just fine. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2024 The two have frequently shared glimpses of their sisterly bond on social media. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 The trend gained momentum on social media last year after influencers touted it as a more effective alternative to filters for facial smoothing in photos and videos. Kristina Behr, Parents, 23 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

2004, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of social media was in 2004

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Cite this Entry

“Social media.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20media. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

social media

noun singular or plural
: forms of electronic communication (as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (as videos)
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