many a/an


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 For example, upon the recent, tragic passing of DBZ’s creator, Akira Toriyama, whose creations helped launch anime into the American market, many a hip hop artist grieved, stating Goku’s character as inspiration for their drive. Aj Morris, Essence, 10 May 2024 The Lost Coast, a Northern California trail on many a hiker’s bucket list, is one of the only coastal backpacking opportunities in the contiguous United States. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 The year that introduced us to Ciara’s Goodies and Usher’s Confessions also brought us now-classic qualified films that sent us lining up for the multiplex and later took many a spin in our DVD players after school. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 5 Apr. 2024 Digital privacy has been the subject of many a court battle, including when former California Rep. Devin Nunes sued a parody cow account. Jenavieve Hatch, Sacramento Bee, 2 Apr. 2024 The state's minimum wage for fast-food employees jumps to $20 an hour on Monday, giving many a raise of 25% from just last week. Vanessa Romo, NPR, 1 Apr. 2024 March 28, 2024 The past, and how its tentacles can reach into the future, lies at the heart of many a mystery. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2024 Those sentiments are shared by top San Diego jazz flutist Holly Hofmann, who also teaches at the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory and shared many a bandstand with Boss over the years. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2024 Like many a Texan, Bun B has clocked western-wear’s recent surge in mainstream popularity. Amber Elliott, Vogue, 18 Mar. 2024

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“Many a/an.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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