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 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 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,, "Chicago’s tallest movie screen is likely gone for good. Here’s what’s left (plenty, actually) for filmgoers who’d rather go big than stay home," 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, "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 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 Yet the situation is also a result of the kinds of movies that were nominated this year, ones that, even under the best of circumstances, would likely not have been multiplex hits. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Restrained but Revitalized 2021 Oscars Ceremony," 26 Apr. 2021 While only managed a few trips to the multiplex last year, the major streaming services Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max and Hulu brought the biggest titles inside the confines of our homes. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Our favorite movies from 2020," 25 Apr. 2021 Bills to landlords piled up for multiplex operators in the months after governments closed theaters in March 2020. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: ‘Death is haunting me’," 22 Apr. 2021 That skip-the-multiplex business might seem temporary, but some viewing habits have almost certainly set in. New York Times, "Movies Survived 2020. The Oscars Diversified. There’s More to Do.," 15 Apr. 2021 Bills to landlords piled up for multiplex operators in the months after governments closed down theaters in March 2020, especially in Los Angeles, where cinemas remained shuttered for a full year. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "After ArcLight Cinemas’ closure, what happens next?," 16 Apr. 2021 These folks found themselves with a bit more disposable income, and Disney+ offered a year of feel-good entertainment for not much more than what a family of four might otherwise spend on a night out at the multiplex. Josef Adalian, Vulture, "How Disney+ Changed Streaming in 16 Months," 11 Mar. 2021 So what were the big crowd-pleasers at the multiplex then? Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Big Chill: When Boomers Stumble on the Truth about Their Own Failings," 7 Apr. 2021 The ballet, the author readings at Powell’s Books and the movie at the local multiplex were also closed or cancelled. oregonlive, "Oregon businesses endured unprecedented year: ‘What’s next, locusts?’," 21 Mar. 2021

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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 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of multiplex

: a building that contains several movie theaters


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