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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 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, "Coronavirus shut down movie theaters, people flock to drive-ins instead," 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, "Are coronavirus fears hurting box office for movies like ‘Onward?’ We look at the numbers," 9 Mar. 2020 Mayor Bloomberg delivered his standard sermon about obesity, nutrition, and the multiplex horrors of sugary drinks. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 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, "Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt recalls her times hanging out with friend Elton John," 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,, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 Her two other children toddle beside her and Lavelle, her husband, headed for the welcoming chill of a multiplex matinee. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 Are multiplex audiences too jaded to appreciate its bizarre, slow-building atmospheric tension? Michael Phillips,, "Why is 'Hereditary' such a hit with critics — and an apparent flop with audiences?," 11 June 2018 The question is how relevant the ratings are in a world where the principal gatekeepers are not parents or multiplex workers but algorithms and passwords — where a different kind of code controls what can be seen by whom. New York Times, "Dystopia, Apocalypse, Culture War: 2018 or 1968?," 17 May 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, "An Explosion of Knowledge: Multiplexed Interventional Genomics," 13 Jan. 2020 Why not cut out distributors completely by going straight to multiplex operators? Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "With ‘Logan Lucky,’ Soderbergh Hopes to Change Film’s Business Model," 31 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, Canal Place, the mall surrounded by the French Quarter, a casino and convention traffic, is home to Prytania Theatres, a multiplex with the heart of a local theater. Will Coviello,, "Silver linings from a tough year for movie lovers," 28 Dec. 2020 And no wonder, given vast program choices, fees that are reasonable compared with multiplex ticket and concession prices, and hurtling advances in home-theater technology. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "How Covid-19 Changed Movies in 2020," 10 Dec. 2020 The crisis of distribution and exhibition draws little distinction between the art house and the multiplex, as Warner Bros.’ recent crushing vote of no confidence in movie theaters can attest. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Best 2020 double feature: Two favorite discoveries in film’s toughest year," 11 Dec. 2020 Before the pandemic, her multiplex averaged roughly 1,000 visitors a day. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "What ‘Croods: A New Age’ says about Universal’s VOD strategy in the COVID era," 18 Nov. 2020 Mayor Bloomberg delivered his standard sermon about obesity, nutrition, and the multiplex horrors of sugary drinks. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 17 Nov. 2020 The Prytania's new multiplex at Canal Place officially opens Friday with a slate of new releases and classic films. Will Coviello,, "Pyrtania at Canal Place and Zeitgeist drive-in theater open in the next week," 12 Nov. 2020 Even with movie theaters in Texas now green-lit for 75% capacity, crowds at the local multiplex are nowhere near that number. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Pandemic brings bankruptcy, big losses to these two D-FW-based movie theater chains," 5 Nov. 2020 Its new tenant, Apple Cinemas, is downsizing the multiplex from 17 screens to 12 and adding an arcade, bar and possibly other attractions, Diamond said in June. Rebecca Lurye,, "New apartments, commercial space planned for parking lot at former Bow Tie movie theater in Hartford," 14 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'multiplex.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

History and Etymology for multiplex



Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about multiplex

Time Traveler for multiplex

Time Traveler

The first known use of multiplex was in 1606

See more words from the same year

Statistics for multiplex

Cite this Entry

“Multiplex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for multiplex



English Language Learners Definition of multiplex

: a building that contains several movie theaters


Medical Definition of multiplex

More from Merriam-Webster on multiplex

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for multiplex

Britannica English: Translation of multiplex for Arabic Speakers

Comments on multiplex

What made you want to look up multiplex? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!