multitude

noun mul·ti·tude \ ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd , -ˌtyüd \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

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

Recent Examples of multitude from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'multitude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of multitude

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



MULTITUDE Defined for English Language Learners

multitude

noun

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

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

Definition of multitude for Students

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up multitude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sticky or viscid

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!