Meaning of “median” in the English Dictionary

"median" in British English

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medianadjective

uk /ˈmiː.di.ən/ us /ˈmiː.di.ən/ specialized

mediannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmiː.di.ən/ us /ˈmiː.di.ən/ specialized

(Definition of “median” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"median" in American English

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mediannoun [ C ]

us /ˈmid·i·ən/

median noun [ C ] (LAND)

also median strip, /ˌmid·i·ənˈstrɪp/ a narrow strip of land or concrete between the two sides of a large road, separating the vehicles moving in opposite directions:

The car went out of control, jumped the median, and hit a truck head on.

median noun [ C ] (NUMBER)

mathematics the middle number or amount in a series

(Definition of “median” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"median" in Business English

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medianadjective

uk /ˈmiːdiən/ us

a median number, value, or amount is in the middle of a series of numbers, values, or amounts:

Today the median age for marriage in the US is 25 for women and 27 for men.
median/rate/value

mediannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmiːdiən/ us

a number, value, or amount that is in the middle of a series of numbers, values, or amounts:

Home prices have continued to increase, with the median rising 5.8 percent to $352,874.
Data from the Institute for Policy Research showed that the median for women's annual earnings was around $32,000, far below the median for men's earnings of $41,300.

(Definition of “median” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)