mul·ti·tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of multitude 

1 : the state of being many … the mind falters, confused by the multitude and yet the harmony of the detail … —Theodore Dreiser

2 : a great number : host a multitude of choices a multitude of complaints

3 : a great number of people A multitude gathered to hear the governor's speech.

4 : populace, public a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude

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Examples of multitude in a Sentence

a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude awed by the multitude of stars in the night sky

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In my work, India is a culture with a multitude of religions, castes, languages, colors, people — far bigger a melting pot than New York. Teen Vogue, "Sachin of Sachin & Babi in Conversation with His Daughter Rhea Ahluwalia," 15 June 2018 Given the multitude of issues facing it, NASCAR can't afford to kick the can anymore. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Blaming NASCAR's young drivers for attendance issues just a sign of a greater problem," 6 July 2018 The multi-faceted event was organized by the Families Belong Together coalition, and each rally featured speakers, performers, and, of course, a multitude of colorful and powerful signs. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Most Powerful Moments From the Families Belong Together Marches," 1 July 2018 Among the multitude of tax breaks in state law is a special carve-out for country club and gym memberships. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "10 Arizona laws that actually exist: Private armies, food-wasting ban, windshield repairs," 27 June 2018 In all those events, multitudes of voices — some more high-profile than others — have represented each cause. Washington Post, "Today’s protests: Many voices, social media, not 1 leader," 22 June 2018 Vikings - Dalvin Cook, RB Despite QB health issues with Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford and a multitude of offensive line injuries, Cook is the one to watch. Profootballdoc,, "Top offseason medical issues for every NFC team," 27 Feb. 2018 Davos is an often byzantine maze of formal, informal, and completely off-the-grid events attended by thousands of attendees, journalists, and a multitude of hangers-on. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "A Day in the Life of a Davos Man—and Some Davos Women, Too," 24 Jan. 2018 Their presence is a sure sign your backyard food web is intact, offering a mixed array of plants and, as a result, a multitude of the insects that woodpeckers love to feed on. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "How To Attract Woodpeckers To Your Yard (And Why You'd Want To)," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of multitude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for multitude

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin multitudin-, multitudo, from multus much — more at meliorate

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Phrases Related to multitude

cover/hide a multitude of sins

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English Language Learners Definition of multitude

: a great number of things or people

the multitude : ordinary or common people as a group


mul·ti·tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \

Kids Definition of multitude

: a great number of people or things a multitude of choices

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