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


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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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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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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