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 The Chiefs, who the Browns play in the regular season and could meet in the playoffs, have the best quarterback in football who thrives off-schedule with his multitude of weapons. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns’ defense remake gives Joe Woods chance to turn tables on offenses in creating mismatches," 2 May 2021 The Florida Legislature approved along party lines a multitude of changes to the state’s elections laws Thursday night, including a ban on possessing multiple vote by mail ballots and restrictions on the use of ballot drop boxes. Lawrence Mower, Anchorage Daily News, "Election reforms targeting voting by mail, drop boxes pass Florida Legislature," 30 Apr. 2021 The multitude of injuries led him to initially retire after the 2018 season with the Bruins. David Furones,, "UM’s Jaelan Phillips moved his stuff away from Miami; now, he’s bringing it all back after being drafted by Dolphins," 30 Apr. 2021 This beloved local hang has worked hard to keep things safe and comfortable for its guests throughout the pandemic, adding a multitude of covered, outdoor seating options while remaining as bubbly as its extra-large, extra-fruity mimosas throughout. Amy Drew Thompson,, "5 Central Florida spots where brunch beckons," 30 Apr. 2021 Being up [near] Mount Whitney at midnight, waiting for your runners to come in, and the sky is black and there’s a multitude of stars. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Deb Haaland Says Public Lands Should Reflect America," 28 Apr. 2021 In fact, quantum computing and quantum communication are poised to have a transformative effect across a multitude of industries, ranging from healthcare and energy to finance and security. Gary Fowler, Forbes, "When Will Quantum Computers Impact Our Day-To-Day?," 28 Apr. 2021 His team collected a multitude of conference awards and broke program records. Giana Han, al, "Auburn All-American Ryan Wochomurka named new swim coach," 23 Apr. 2021 Sub-Zero uses his powers in an incredible multitude of ways throughout. Christian Holub,, "The new Mortal Kombat movie has brutal kills but not much else: Review," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Multitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of multitude

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


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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