mul·​ti·​tude ˈməl-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce multitude (audio)
: the state of being many
… the mind falters, confused by the multitude and yet the harmony of the detail …Theodore Dreiser
: a great number : host entry 4
a multitude of choices
a multitude of complaints
: a great number of people
A multitude gathered to hear the governor's speech.
: populace, public
a candidate trying to appeal to the multitude

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Multitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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mul·​ti·​tude ˈməl-tə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce multitude (audio)
: a great number of things or people

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