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You are viewing the etymology of mean meaning: (Adjective Noun) (obsolete) Middling; intermediate; moderately good, tolerable.. Having the mean (see noun below) as its value. (mathematics) Any function of multiple variables that satisfies certain properties [...](obsolete) Middling; intermediate; moderately good, tolerable.. Having the mean (see noun below) as its value. (mathematics) Any function of multiple variables that satisfies certain properties [...]. You may also see other English etymologies of mean.
English word mean comes from Proto-Indo-European *médʰyos (Middle.), Proto-Indo-European *medʰ-y-h₁ow.

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*médʰyos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Middle.
*medʰ-y-h₁ow Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*meðios Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Middle.
mẽdis Latin (lat)
medianus Latin (lat) Middle, central.
meien Old French (fro)
meene Middle English (enm)
mean English (eng) (obsolete) Middling; intermediate; moderately good, tolerable.. Having the mean (see noun below) as its value. (mathematics) Any function of multiple variables that satisfies certain properties and yields a number representative of its arguments; or, the number so yielded; a measure of central tendency.. (mathematics) Either of the two numbers in the middle of a conventionally presented [...]

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Descendants of *médʰyos
immediate meaning means media medieval mediocre medium mid midwife