mul·​ti·​plex | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌpleks How to pronounce multiplex (audio) \

Definition of multiplex

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : many, multiple
2 : being or relating to a system of transmitting several messages or signals simultaneously on the same circuit or channel


multiplexed; multiplexing; multiplexes

Definition of multiplex (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to send (messages or signals) by a multiplex system

intransitive verb

: to multiplex messages or signals



Definition of multiplex (Entry 3 of 3)

: a complex that houses several movie theaters

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Other Words from multiplex


multiplexer or less commonly multiplexor \ ˈməl-​tə-​ˌplek-​sər How to pronounce multiplex (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for multiplex

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of multiplex in a Sentence

Adjective would sometimes experience multiplex moods in the course of a single day
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The mansion at 944 Airole Way features ultra-luxury amenities such as multiple pools, a spa, a beauty salon, cigar and candy rooms, a four-lane bowling alley, a rooftop putting green and a multiplex-size movie theater. Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 The mansion at 944 Airole Way features luxurious amenities such as infinity pools, a spa and beauty salon, a billiard room and bowling alley, a multiplex-size movie theater and a 50-car garage with carousels to display exotic cars. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 Probably for good, if another multiplex brand such as Cinemark (which recently bailed on the downtown Evanston 18-screen Century complex) doesn’t take it over. Michael Phillips,, 12 Apr. 2021 Associated Press NEW YORK — The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence. USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2020 Studios have had to hit pause on their plans to release movies there, and there’s no indication of when multiplex doors will reopen. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2020 Mayor Bloomberg delivered his standard sermon about obesity, nutrition, and the multiplex horrors of sugary drinks. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 23 July 2019 Now picture her sporting tight white jeans and a black leather jacket, making her way carefully (in 4-inch platform sandals) through a garish and loud multiplex lobby with its cacophony of video-game arcades. Vance Muse, Houston Chronicle, 14 June 2019 But a detailed 1983 article about the decline of the drive-in, written by The Chronicle’s John Stanley, gave data and testimonials that suggested the multiplex theater was the largest culprit for failing drive-ins. Peter Hartlaub,, 13 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Perturb-seq provides genomic scale and resolution, allowing both multiplexed intervention in a genome as well as analysis of non-natural configurations for the first time. John Stuelpnagel, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2020 Why not cut out distributors completely by going straight to multiplex operators? Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 31 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In a world awash in marketing messages and entertainment options, spurring consumers to check out new movie titles at the multiplex is no easy task. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 24 May 2022 The long-gestating film is headed to a Thanksgiving season launch at the multiplex. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Apr. 2022 Each film succeeded in luring wary demos back to the multiplex. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2022 With theaters forced to close, audiences grew accustomed to watching movies debut on their living room TV screens, rather than at the local multiplex. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 No Way Home, Ghostbusters and No Time to Die as those tentpoles performed at the multiplex amid the omicron variant wave. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Mar. 2022 There seems to still be plenty of room at the multiplex for blockbusters. Amanda Kondolojy,, 19 Feb. 2022 In a different dispensation, its Best Picture nomination would have inspired me to go out and see it at some second-run theater, or at the multiplex if the nomination earned it some extra screenings. Ross Douthat, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 But the chances of success at the multiplex are now slimmer than ever. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of multiplex


1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1885, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Multiplex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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