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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Each level contained a multitude of locations to explore, algorithmic systems to memorize, and elaborate cause and effect mechanisms to discover. Nick Statt, The Verge, "How Hitman 2’s developers turned its gigantic levels into ever-evolving playgrounds," 18 Oct. 2018 Carla Sozzani, looking serene as always despite greeting a multitude of fashionable guests, chimed in. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Alaïa Celebrates its Latest Exhibition Opening with Carla Sozzani and Olivier Saillard," 22 Sep. 2018 The collection is made up of eight different sets, which are stocked with both fan favorites and recent launches, including their nail polishes, eye shadows, liners, and a multitude of lip formulas. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Exclusive: Your First Look at the Gorgeous Julep 2018 Holiday Collection," 18 Sep. 2018 The flooding soon spread into South Carolina, swamping places like North Myrtle Beach, in a resort area known for its white sands and multitude of golf courses. Fox News, "Nearly stalled, Florence besieges Carolinas with floodwaters," 15 Sep. 2018 In the press conference, the boys describe feeling a multitude of emotions upon seeing Volanthen. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rescued Thai Soccer Team Recounts the Ordeal in the Cave," 18 July 2018 The Browns added a multitude of talent to their offense. Jacob Feldman,, "Reuben Foster Headlines the NFL's Week in Suspensions," 6 July 2018 Rashad is a multitude of women in this open-ended role and demonstrates her forceful screen presence. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bikini Moon': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 In the same vein, the road back from unhappiness, the path to taking control over technology, and, by extension, the path to regaining freedom of choice takes a multitude of steps that are different for each of us. Vivek Wadhwa And Alex Salkever, WIRED, "How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?," 26 June 2018

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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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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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