mul·​ti·​plex | \ˈməl-tə-ˌpleks \

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 \-​ˌplek-​sər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for multiplex

Synonyms: Adjective

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

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of multiplex in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The pull of the Oscars toward smaller, independent movies rather than multiplex blockbusters has already hurt the show, said Marty Kaplan, the Norman Lear professor of entertainment, media and society at the University of Southern California. Amy Chozick, New York Times, "The Resistance Has Come to Celebrity Award Shows," 29 Jan. 2018 That was the latest in asset sales, after the company unloaded its multiplex business in 2016. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Luc Besson's EuropaCorp Plans Layoffs Following 'Valerian' Losses," 15 Jan. 2018

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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

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This new German study involved 135 screenings of eleven different movies over eight weeks (winter 2013-14 and winter 2015-16) at Cinestar multiplex theaters, with more than 13,000 audience members participating. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We might be able to rate future films with a sniff test, study says," 25 Oct. 2018 One thing's for sure: nothing on the schedule here will be screening at the local multiplex. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 On Friday, seven of the top 10 grossing theaters -- led by an AMC multiplex in Burbank -- were in California, while Los Angeles was up by 18 percent. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Soaring to $80M-Plus U.S. Debut," 7 July 2018 Unseasonably warm and sunny weather has also hurt returns, with Germans more likely to hit the beer gardens than the multiplex. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "German Box Office Drops 17 Percent in First Half," 4 July 2018 Village officials have envisioned the Arlington Downs redevelopment project, which is being developed by Springbank Real Estate Group, as an entertainment destination that also could include a hotel, a multiplex cinema, retail shops and restaurants. Karen Ann Cullotta,, "New amusement center approved for Arlington Downs redevelopment project in Arlington Heights," 22 May 2018 But in addition to proximity to a neighborhood cinema (the Lake Zurich location also sits next to a multiplex), Highland Park shares with Lake Zurich a vibrant downtown and a community that supports its local businesses, Guili adds. Donald Liebenson,, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Beelow's NorthShore in Highland Park," 11 July 2018 Both movies have cracked the top 10 movies at the box office, ranking an 85-year-old justice and a deceased Presbyterian minister in multiplexes alongside Spandexed superheroes and supernatural thrillers. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Mister Rogers and RBG are box office’s unexpected stars," 29 June 2018 Both movies have cracked the top 10 movies at the box office, ranking an 85-year-old justice and a deceased Presbyterian minister in multiplexes alongside Spandexed superheroes and supernatural thrillers. Jake Coyle, The Christian Science Monitor, "How two documentaries became summer box office hits," 28 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of multiplex

: a building that contains several movie theaters


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