multitude

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

Definition of multitude

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

  2. 2 :  a great number :  host <a multitude of choices> <a multitude of complaints>

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

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

Examples of multitude in a sentence

  1. a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude

  2. <awed by the multitude of stars in the night sky>

Origin and Etymology of multitude

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


First Known Use: 14th century



MULTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

multitude

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

Definition of multitude for English Language Learners

  • : a great number of things or people

  • the multitude : ordinary or common people as a group


MULTITUDE Defined for Kids

multitude

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

Definition of multitude for Students

  1. :  a great number of people or things <a multitude of choices>



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