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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

Examples of multimedia in a Sentence

Adjective a multimedia exhibit of photographs, films, and music
Recent Examples on the Web
By 2016, Luna was working as a receptionist for the Palm Springs office of Alpha Media, a multimedia company that owns and operates radio stations across the country. Sarah Quiñones Wolfson, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Over the last three years, Esperanza has taken in more than $100,000 in NEA grants to support events like its Afro-Latinx Festival and projects like its South Central Archive, a multimedia timeline of community stories, photo portraits and other culturally revelatory keepsakes. Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Beautiful and educational exhibitions range from photography to painting to multimedia cultural displays. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 25 Dec. 2023 From there, In Touch Ministries expanded into a multimedia network of broadcasting, publishing and public speaking with content provided in over 50 languages. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 23 Dec. 2023 Artist and Soundwaves founder Tim Wakefield created the pieces by running the song through a multimedia art process using layered snippets from the resulting sound wave images. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Oct. 2023 Cohen has hired eight firms, employed nearly two dozen lobbyists and spent over $1 million on a multimedia lobbying campaign, according to Bloomberg. Curbed, 16 May 2023 The Superman Web3 Movie Experience is a multimedia NFT that includes the film in 4K Ultra HD format, plus extras like image galleries and artist renderings by notable DC artists. Todd Spangler, Variety, 5 June 2023 In 2021 Pei, who is the granddaughter of the late architect I.M. Pei, launched Ode, a company that creates multimedia archives for families who want to preserve their personal histories. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 16 June 2023
Faith Ringgold, a multimedia artist whose pictorial quilts depicting the African American experience gave rise to a second distinguished career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books, died on Saturday at her home in Englewood, N.J. Margalit Fox, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 This multimedia method of reading creates quick little shots of prose that can loosen the writing gears. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2024 Visitors will learn about each studio’s origin story through dedicated multimedia displays highlighting significant milestones, movies, filmmakers, locations, and gain a deeper understanding of how the studio system transformed the American film industry. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 Hollywood and Hertz No pro athlete could claim to being a bigger multimedia star in the 1970s. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 Immersive multimedia presentations are all the rage among large companies and commercial art circuits. James Russell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 There is also a full row of function keys that double as multimedia controls. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 And Cohen has become a multimedia tycoon with four bestsellers, a book imprint and two SiriusXM radio channels. Stacy Perman, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Beyoncé and Barbie and Dune: Part Two and the Taylor Swift multimedia universe all convey the same lesson: Breaking through cultural oversaturation means going very big while also sweating the small stuff. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 2 Apr. 2024

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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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“Multimedia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


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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


2 of 2 noun
: 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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