multitude

noun
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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Synonyms for multitude

Synonyms

army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, mob, press, rout, scrum, swarm, throng

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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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Sir Pippin seems to have a multitude of interests, from fine art to gingerbread houses. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close's Dog Helped Her Accept an Award, Is a Very Good Boy," 4 Feb. 2019 The ceremony will also include a multitude of Hindu wedding traditions, like Sangeet, Mehendi, and Haldi, which will all take place at Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Everything We Know About Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Wedding So Far," 10 Nov. 2018 The tickets bore a multitude of destinations — California, Kansas City, New Jersey. Todd Heisler, New York Times, "A Long Journey North for Migrants That May End Where It Started," 30 June 2018 The hour-long, black-and-white Heaven and Earth Magic, made in the 50s, uses cutout animation to produce a mysterious world of alchemical transformations in which objects suggest a multitude of possibilities. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign / On Video Five masters of stop-motion animation," 12 June 2018 Dorsey tweeted a screenshot of a purchase made on his phone Saturday evening, and the Twitter co-founder received a multitude of negative replies, criticizing Dorsey for both eating at the restaurant and for promoting the business. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Twitter CEO faces criticism after Chick-fil-A tweet," 11 June 2018 The faceted metal frames come in an endless multitude of shapes, from modernist cubes and spheres to more complex house-like silhouettes with an almost Victorian feel. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "Until It’s Gardening Weather Again, I’ll Be Staring at These Tabletop Terrariums," 21 Feb. 2019 Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream a different version of Aquaman from home," 21 Dec. 2018 The party successfully portrayed itself as the embodiment of the interests of Mexico’s working-class multitudes and as a government independent of the Cold War foreign policy of the United States. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, latimes.com, "In Mexico, a victory at long last for the left and a two-time loser," 2 July 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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multitude

noun

English Language Learners Definition of multitude

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

multitude

noun
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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