many a/an

idiom

formal + literary
used with a singular noun to refer to a large number of things or people
I've been there many a time.
Many a tale was told.
Many a man has tried but few men have succeeded.

Examples of many a/an in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like many an Orlando native, Pyatt found work in theme parks and attractions. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 3 July 2024 For many a millennial, this trend can trigger flashbacks to shopping at Charlotte Russe for a winter formal dress. Sam Reed, Glamour, 28 June 2024 While in times past their size and often stupendous length likely gave rise to many a sailor’s tales of sea serpents, the innocent oarfish is hardly a diabolical or supernatural creature. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 18 June 2024 The perception of Biden as ineffective has been a source of much vexation in the President’s camp, and the subject of many an op-ed column and blog post. James Lardner, The New Yorker, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for many a/an 

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“Many a/an.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/many%20a%2Fan. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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