Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Existing or occurring between; intermediate.
  • adj. Acting as a mediator or an agent between persons or things.
  • n. One that acts as a mediator.
  • n. One that acts as an agent between persons or things; a means.
  • n. An intermediate state or stage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Intermediate.
  • n. An agent acting as a mediator between sides that may disagree.
  • n. One or several stages of an event which occurs after the start and before the end.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lying, coming, or done, between; intermediate.
  • n. One who, or that which, is intermediate; an interagent; a go-between; a mediator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being or occurring between; having an intermediate position or action: as, an intermediary process.
  • n. One who or that which interposes or is intermediate; an intermediate agent; a go-between.
  • n. Same as nerve of Wrisberg (which see, under nerve).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a negotiator who acts as a link between parties

Etymologies

Probably French intermédiaire, from Late Latin intermedius, intermediate; see intermediate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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