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

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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”
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Recent Examples on the Web By the sound of it, Erin is hopeful that the show will continue for future seasons — yes, plural. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Will There Be a Season 9 of 'When Calls the Heart'? Everything We Know About the Hallmark Show's Future," 10 May 2021 At the time of its invention, in the nineteen-twenties, musicians weren’t sure whether its nickname should be singular or plural, vibe or vibes—the latter eventually stuck. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "TikTok and the Vibes Revival," 26 Apr. 2021 Swine flus — yes, plural — jump from pigs to humans. Ezra Klein New York Times, Star Tribune, "We need a moonshot on meat — animal-free meat, that is," 26 Apr. 2021 Governors and legislatures plural have focused on the condition of the state’s bridges allocating funding for work. Carrie Napoleon,, "Road officials consider new plans, bridge upgrades if Biden infrastructure plan becomes law," 23 Apr. 2021 During the series' season 10 finale on Sunday evening, Christine discussed her desire to leave Flagstaff, Arizona, and move back to Utah after polygamy was decriminalized in the state — an idea that her plural family wasn't on board with. Natalie Stone,, "Sister Wives' Christine Brown Talks 'Roller Coaster' Marriage to Kody: I've 'Changed Phenomenally'," 19 Apr. 2021 The impact triggers tsunamis—plural—as high as skyscrapers. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "How to Survive a Killer Asteroid," 9 Apr. 2021 As the museum, which showcases art by Latino, Caribbean and Latin American creators, says in a statement, curators realized that the plural version of the 2017 work’s title doubled as a reference to a song by Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "How a Sweeping Survey in NYC Redefines What It Means to Make ‘Latinx’ Art," 26 Mar. 2021 To confuse matters further, the word could be singular or plural. New York Times, "An Elusive Artist’s Trove of Never-Before-Seen Images," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Plural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plural

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


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.



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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