plural

adjective plu·ral \ ˈplu̇r-əl \
Updated on: 25 Nov 2017

Definition of plural

1 : of, relating to, or constituting a class of grammatical forms usually used to denote more than one or in some languages more than two
2 : relating to, consisting of, or containing more than one or more than one kind or class
  • a plural society

plural

noun

plurally

play \ˈplu̇r-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of plural in a Sentence

  1. The word “trees” is a plural noun.

  2. The plural form of the word “child” is “children.”

  3. a plural verb such as “are” or “were” rather than a singular verb such as “is” or “was”

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Origin and Etymology of plural

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French plurel, from Latin pluralis, from plur-, plus more — more at plus

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PLURAL Defined for English Language Learners

plural

adjective

Definition of plural for English Language Learners

  • grammar : relating to a form of a word that refers to more than one person or thing

  • : relating to or made up of more than one kind or group

  • : relating to or made up of more than one person or thing


PLURAL Defined for Kids

1

plural

adjective plu·ral \ ˈplu̇r-əl \

Definition of plural for Students

: relating to or being a word form used to show more than one
  • “Candies” is a plural noun.

2

plural

noun

Definition of plural for Students

: a form of a word used to show that more than one person or thing is meant


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