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 multiplexor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for multiplex

Synonyms: Adjective

beaucoup [slang], legion, many, multifold, multiple, multitudinous, numerous

Antonyms: Adjective


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of multiplex in a Sentence


would sometimes experience multiplex moods in the course of a single day

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Harkins Theaters has replicated the large screen curtained experience in two multiplex locations. azcentral, "Iconic Arizona businesses that are closed," 4 Nov. 2014 In multiplex terms, that's a trend toward individual movie purchases, not theater subscriber fees. Steven Zeitchik,, "Why MoviePass' innovations could outlive the company," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

There’s no guarantee that a brand new movie theater, such as the massive AMC multiplex currently being built as part of the 9th and Colorado project, will continue to fill seats. John Wenzel, The Denver Post, "Denver-area movie theaters are thriving as the rest of the nation sees a downturn," 22 July 2019 Just like that, the movie business would be inexorably changed, with multiplexes existing only to screen films for a few weeks. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Why Big Movie Chains Won’t Show Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Epic," 28 Aug. 2019 Schwartz insisted on multiplex wiring, rearview TV, electronic instrumentation and ETAK-satellite navigation. Tony Swan, Popular Mechanics, "A Closer Look at Chevy's Mid-Engine Corvette...From 1988?," 19 July 2019 The New York Times Forget about the mutants at the multiplex. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: An Electrifying ‘Coriolanus,’ Addicted to War," 5 Aug. 2019 The Lion King is still reigning at the multiplex, but Quentin Tarantino is poised for a personal best. Oliver Gettell,, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," 28 July 2019 Weekends in June 1989 were pretty much spent at the multiplex. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "KRBE's own Ghostbusters, a hospital closes and more from June 1989," 27 June 2019 But 20 years after the Sony Metreon boldly declared itself the future, the building is nestled squarely in the present; a routine destination anchored by a multiplex, City Target and food court. San Francisco Chronicle, "Like everything else involved with the project, the chrome marketing folder was shiny and filled with hope, as if the owners were selling a new subdivision on the moons of Jupiter.," 26 July 2019 But neither pose a serious threat to Iron Man, Black Panther and the host of other superheroes currently dominating the multiplex. Ryan Faughnder,, "'Avengers: Infinity War' to win third box-office weekend as 'Life of the Party' courts Mother's Day crowds," 9 May 2018

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

Statistics for multiplex

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for multiplex

The first known use of multiplex was in 1606

See more words from the same year

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on multiplex

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with multiplex

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for multiplex

Spanish Central: Translation of 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).


suitable to be imparted to the public

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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