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mul·​ti·​me·​dia ˌməl-tē-ˈmē-dē-ə How to pronounce multimedia (audio)
: using, involving, or encompassing several media
a multimedia approach to learning


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plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: 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

Example Sentences

Adjective a multimedia exhibit of photographs, films, and music
Recent Examples on the Web
The last living member of The Monkees celebrates his bandmates with a multimedia performance featuring personal stories, clips from The Monkees TV show and previously unseen photos. Samantha Nelson,, 8 Apr. 2022 Is a multimedia Mexican company founded in 2012 by Mariano Menéndez and Marco Landucci. Forbes Partner Releases, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The first live music event in the PVAC will showcase separate performances of the symphony’s brass and percussion, woodwind and string ensembles; the master chorale; and a multimedia performance of the Grossmont Symphony Chamber Orchestra. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2021 Participants in the exhibition include multimedia artist Harriet Bowman and her son Len, who created a large-scale wallpaper that will cover the back of the gallery. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 Imagine Mural Festival brings artists together to create multimedia art installations in downtown Louisville, adjacent to the Muhammad Ali Center. Sylvia Goodman, The Courier-Journal, 17 July 2021 With progress stalled, the state is relaunching a multimedia public awareness campaign to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 The Black president and his fabulous wife are now multimedia mega-superstars. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The multimedia virtual performance features Assaf as well as an all-female Middle Eastern music ensemble. Jim Kiest And Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2021
In the local artist’s multimedia exhibition, drawings, photographs, sculptures and video ponder the effects of mineral extraction on Passamaquoddy tribal land in Maine. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 Alano Edzerza is the namesake clothing brand of Tahltan multimedia artist Alano Edzerza. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 9 Nov. 2022 The work of Lebanese multimedia artist Chaza Charafeddine also seeks to revise history, albeit a bit more abstractly. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2022 Learn how to forage for fungi, make mushroom hats and listen to the noises of mushrooms and other plants at a sound station from multimedia artist Matt Muirhead. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 30 Sep. 2022 The recipients will be recognized through a multimedia exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in early September. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 12 Aug. 2022 Therefore, the launch of Apple AR/MR will further boost the demand for immersive gaming/multimedia entertainment. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 June 2022 Launched in 1999, the multimedia training program consists of two 12-month rotations at top Hearst newspaper newsrooms. Sfchroniclepr, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Oct. 2022 More complete SBOMs also include source code (including copy/pasted source code), binaries, multimedia files and commercial code. Conal Gallagher, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1962, in the meaning defined above


1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of multimedia was in 1950

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Cite this Entry

“Multimedia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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mul·​ti·​me·​dia ˌməl-ti-ˈmēd-ē-ə How to pronounce multimedia (audio)
: using or composed of more than one form of communication or expression
multimedia software combining sound, video, and text


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: a technique (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 (as software) using such a technique

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