mul·​ti·​tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce multitude (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web There’s a multitude of reasons why baseball – with its slower pace and structure that makes star-making far less conducive than the NBA or NFL - struggles in this environment. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Was Derek Jeter MLB's last celebrity? Hall of Fame voting shines spotlight on baseball's withering relevance," 3 Jan. 2020 Avery has trained a multitude of college and NFL quarterbacks over the years, including Fields, former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and the Buckeyes’ 2020 commit CJ Stroud. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Justin Fields and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence: The two-year journey to the start of a potential rivalry," 28 Dec. 2019 In a city known for its multitude of legacy sports teams, loyalty and allegiances are often determined by unofficial and invisible geographic lines. Adeline Chen, CNN, "Scorekeeper secrets: How Wrigley Field's historic scoreboard has seen it all," 27 Dec. 2019 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Excerpt: An account of Christmas, from the Book of Luke, King James version," 25 Dec. 2019 For concepts like Jardiniere, a place that had more 180 seats over two floors and featured a multitude of menu combinations, high operating costs and slim profit margins became untenable. Justin Phillips,, "From Lucca Ravioli to Jardiniere: Here are the biggest Bay Area restaurant closures of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 Employees engaged with more than 60 resident seniors through a multitude of projects, including painting, repairing the trellis/gazebo, landscaping, assembling grocery carts, playing bingo and serving a Thanksgiving meal. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Thanksgiving comes early for residents of The Salvation Army’s William Booth Garden Apartments," 12 Dec. 2019 Like his previous two visits to CenturyLink Field, Baker is sure to have a multitude of family and friends on hand to watch his next exploits. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "With starting Pro Bowl nod, Cardinals' Budda Baker has earned respect from his NFL peers," 21 Dec. 2019 Within the coercive and violent limits of their existence, combatants still have a number of identities and encounter a multitude of experiences. Kristof Titeca, Quartz Africa, "These photos reveal the personal lives of the Lord’s Resistance Army," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of multitude was in the 14th century

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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Multitude.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of multitude

: a great number of things or people
: ordinary or common people as a group


mul·​ti·​tude | \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce multitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Kids Definition of multitude

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

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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