*mediane,*from Late Latin

*mediana*(

*vena*) median (vein), from feminine of Latin

*medianus*in the middle, central, from

*medius*middle — more at mid

First Known Use: 15th century

Dictionary

mathematics : the middle value in a series of values arranged from smallest to largest

1

2

3

4

See median defined for English-language learners

See median defined for kids

ADVERTISEMENT

Middle English *mediane,* from Late Latin *mediana* (*vena*) median (vein), from feminine of Latin *medianus* in the middle, central, from *medius* middle — more at mid

First Known Use: 15th century

average, mean, median, norm mean something that represents a middle point. average is the quotient obtained by dividing the sum total of a set of figures by the number of figures <scored an *average* of 85 on tests>. mean may be the simple average or it may represent value midway between two extremes <a high of 70° and a low of 50° give a *mean* of 60°>. median applies to the value that represents the point at which there are as many instances above as there are below <*average* of a group of persons earning 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 dollars an hour is 6 dollars, whereas the *median* is 5 dollars>. norm means the average of performance of a significantly large group, class, or grade <scores about the *norm* for fifth grade arithmetic>.

: in the middle; *especially* mathematics : having a value that is in the middle of a series of values arranged from smallest to largest

1

2

3

4

— **me·di·an·ly** *adverb*

See median defined for English-language learners

Latin *medianus*

First Known Use: 1592

MEDIAN Defined for Kids

Next Word in the Dictionary: median nervePrevious Word in the Dictionary: medial collateral ligamentAll Words Near: median

ADVERTISEMENT

How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.

## Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up

median? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).