Definition of multifarious
: having or occurring in great variety : diverse
Examples of multifarious in a sentence
<the multifarious interests and activities in which Benjamin Franklin immersed himself>
Did You Know?
Dictionary makers have dated the first appearance of "multifarious" in print as 1593 - and rightly so - but before that time another word similar in form and meaning was being used: multifary, meaning "in many ways" and appearing (and disappearing) in the 15th century. Before either of the English words existed, there was the Medieval Latin word multifarius (same meaning as "multifarious"), from Latin multifariam, meaning "in many places or "on many sides." "Multi-," as you may know, is a combining form meaning "many." A relative of "multifarious" in English is "omnifarious" ("of all varieties, forms, or kinds"), created with "omni-" ("all") rather than "multi-."
Origin and Etymology of multifarious
Medieval Latin multifarius, from Latin multifariam in many places
First Known Use: 1593
MULTIFARIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of multifarious for English Language Learners
: of many and various kinds
Legal Definition of multifarious
: having or occurring in great variety : diverse; also : uniting usually in an improper way distinct and independent matters, subjects, or causes <point one is multifarious, and we must break it down for analysis: a) the alleged reformation of the decree; and b) the order that appellant pay — Spradley v. Hutchison, 787 S.W.2d 214 (1990)> — compare misjoinder
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