plural

adjective
plu·​ral | \ ˈplu̇r-əl How to pronounce plural (audio) \

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

Other Words from plural

plural noun
plurally \ ˈplu̇r-​ə-​lē How to pronounce plural (audio) \ adverb

Examples of plural in a Sentence

The word “trees” is a plural noun. The plural form of the word “child” is “children.” a plural verb such as “are” or “were” rather than a singular verb such as “is” or “was”
Recent Examples on the Web But a truly plural society cannot abide the deliberate attempt to undermine, and even destroy, churches and synagogues. Nr Staff, National Review, 10 Sep. 2020 Singular or plural, give me more heat waves (in song titles, not in temperature, please). Billboard Staff, Billboard, 8 Mar. 2022 This was followed by the hosts, plural — Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes — one for each year that the awards had aired hostless since Jimmy Kimmel last held the stage in 2018. New York Times, 28 Mar. 2022 As Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faces her fourth Senate confirmation hearing, this one holds the powerful significance of just what a plural democracy means. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 Kody is still maintaining his plural marriages to Janelle Brown, Robyn Brown and Meri Brown, though his relationship with Meri, 51, is no longer romantic. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 20 Feb. 2022 Bulawayo shifts among omniscient narration, first-person plural, oral history and even chapters written as Twitter threads. Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2022 The book begins with a quirkily exultant 30-page ode, relayed in the first person plural and filled with the author’s signature lists. Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 There are no plural words in the possible solutions list, Fan said. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plural

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plural

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

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The first known use of plural was in the 14th century

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24 May 2022

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“Plural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plural. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for plural

plural

adjective
plu·​ral | \ ˈplu̇r-əl How to pronounce plural (audio) \

Kids Definition of plural

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

plural

noun

Kids Definition of plural (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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