- ancient name of Hamadan.
- an ancient country in W Asia, S of the Caspian Sea, corresponding generally to NW Iran. Capital: Ecbatana.
- an ancient city in Iran, on the site of modern Hamadān; capital of Media and royal residence of the Persians and Parthians
- an ancient country of SW Asia, south of the Caspian Sea: inhabited by the Medes; overthrew the Assyrian Empire in 612 bc in alliance with Babylonia; conquered by Cyrus the Great in 550 bc; corresponds to present-day NW Iran
- a plural of medium
- the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio
- of or relating to the mass mediamedia hype
noun plural -diae (-dɪˌiː)
- the middle layer of the wall of a blood or lymph vessel
- one of the main veins in the wing of an insect
- a consonant whose articulation lies midway between that of a voiced and breathed speech sound
- a consonant pronounced with weak voice, as c in French second
“newspapers, radio, TV, etc.” 1927, perhaps abstracted from mass media (1923, a technical term in advertising), plural of medium, on notion of “intermediate agency,” a sense found in that word in English from c.1600.