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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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


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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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Think about Harkins Camelview at Fashion Square for stadium-style seating, Harkins Shea for an old-school multiplex or Harkins Valley Art for retro-style charm. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 Barry is much edgier than anything that might sell $100 million worth of tickets at the multiplex. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Hollywood’s Comedy Crisis," 25 June 2019 Also on Monday, the Aberdeen City Council unanimously approved a lower admission and amusement tax on multiplex movie theaters in the city. Erika Butler,, "Aberdeen approves $29.4 million budget for FY2020; OKs spending $75,000 more on Ripken Stadium lawsuit," 6 June 2019 Laika often chooses offbeat stories, too, aiming to stand out from the popcorn fare at the multiplex. Mike Rogoway,, "Laika splits with its CFO after new film bombs," 5 June 2019 The crowded multiplex — not to mention competition from prestige cable dramas, streaming and video games — have forced studio marketing departments to step up their game. Ryan Faughnder,, "Kim Kardashian, Drybar, and the gonzo marketing behind ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’," 5 June 2019 Click to Read Story Comfiest Seat in the House: Struggling Movie Theaters Go Upscale to Survive Ticket sales were the worst last year since 1995, prompting a nationwide theater revamp that echoes the multiplex boom. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "After ‘Juno,’ Life’s Other Changes," 30 Apr. 2018 AMC Theaters, the largest multiplex chain in the United States, rolled out its own MoviePass-style service on Tuesday. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Already at Movie Theaters Near You: Ticket Subscriptions," 2 July 2018 On top of everything else, the country’s largest exhibition company, AMC, just announced its own subscription ticketing service at $19.99 per month for three movies a week at the chain’s multiplexes. Ty Burr,, "Gotta get a ‘Gotti’?," 21 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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