Portuguese edit


Alternative forms edit

Pronunciation edit

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈmej.ɐ/ [ˈmeɪ̯.ɐ]
    • (Southern Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈmej.a/ [ˈmeɪ̯.a]

  • Rhymes: -ejɐ, (Portugal) -ɐjɐ
  • Hyphenation: mei‧a
  • (file)

Etymology 1 edit

From Old Galician-Portuguese meya, from Latin media, feminine of medius (middle; half), from Proto-Indo-European *medʰyo- (between). Doublet of média.

Noun edit

meia f (plural meias)

  1. sock (covering for the foot; originally short form of meia-calça)
    Synonyms: (Rio Grande do Sul) carpim, (Portugal) peúga
  2. (Brazil) Ellipsis of meia-entrada. (a ticket sold for half its normal price, as required by law, for students and children)
    Synonym: meia-entrada
  3. (Portugal, historical) obsolete unit of measure for liquids, equivalent to six pints
  4. (when reading a time) half past (short form of meia hora)
    O evento termina às três e meia.
    The event ends at half past three.
Derived terms edit
Related terms edit

Noun edit

meia m or f by sense (plural meias)

  1. (Brazil, soccer) midfielder
    Synonyms: (Portugal) médio, meio-campista

Adjective edit


  1. feminine singular of meio
Descendants edit
  • Kadiwéu: meeya

Adverb edit


  1. (hypercorrect) Misconstruction of meio
    Estou *meia cansada.I'm a bit tired.
Usage notes edit
  • The word meia, as an adverb, appears in vulgar speech because of a confusion about the role of meio. In this case, whenever meio, as an adverb, lies right before a feminine adjective, it is confused for an adjective as well, hence hypercorrected into the feminine declension meia. In standard speech, however, Portuguese adverbs are never inflected by grammatical gender.

Numeral edit


  1. (Brazil) six (6, used instead of seis when it’s necessary to avoid confusion with rhyme três; short form of meia dúzia)
    Synonyms: meia-dúzia, seis

Further reading edit

Etymology 2 edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb edit


  1. inflection of mear:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative