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 At The Chrysalis: Monarch School’s Center for the Arts, there is room for a multitude of new lives to grow and take flight. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Apr. 2022 With this need and growing support for the adoption of emissions-free driving from the government and automakers comes a multitude of potential benefits for property owners in every sector. Mark Zettl, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Who among us, besides those who had come under the tutelage of an experienced hunter or shooter, would know what any of the numbers, letters or names that grace the multitude of chamberings offered to American hunters/shooters mean? Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Apr. 2022 In the Chernihiv region, where the three countries meet, a multitude of family, work and education connections still straddle the borders that emerged after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 The neighborhood had a multitude of businesses come and go, forming that eclectic mix that breathes life and personality into a place. Marc Bona, cleveland, 31 Jan. 2022 The multitude of dishes served in the hawker centers entice the appetite in this Asian city-state. Casey Barber, CNN, 24 Jan. 2022 Among the home’s multitude of features are 61 rooms, seven bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms, five fireplaces, separate family and catering kitchens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court and a spa with gym and steam room. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2022 Besides the benefits to your health and mood, walking and running on Houston’s multitude of urban trails rewards you with refreshing nature and skyline views. Robin Soslow, Chron, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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