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 plurally (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

In a religiously plural democracy, war memorials with religious symbols can have different meanings for different citizens and that can lead to conflict. The Conversation, "Maryland ‘Peace Cross’ ruling: The Supreme Court rules that a cross stands for more than Christianity," 20 June 2019 Always the team player, Spieth returned to first person plural when discussing the incident after the round. Daniel Rapaport,, "Jordan Spieth, Michael Greller and the New Player-Caddie Dynamic," 14 June 2019 Two executives have resigned, one accused of groping colleagues (plural) and one accused of stalking a junior employee. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "Is the Femtech Revolution Finally Underway?: The Broadsheet," 12 June 2019 That’s infinities — plural — as infinities come in different sizes. Quanta Magazine, "Möbius Strips Defy a Link With Infinity," 20 Feb. 2019 Though, Harry has hinted in the past that he's always wanted to have children (as in plural). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View’ Host Whoopi Goldberg Has Insider Info About the Royal Baby as Prince Harry’s Pal," 6 May 2019 Last summer only 28,409 sockeye (there’s that plural problem) passed through the Locks, among the lowest totals ever recorded. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Whose stadium is it? They tell us it’s ours, only not when it comes to selling the big money name," 12 Dec. 2018 The only legitimate force to invade universitites is free and plural ideas. Amy Erica Smith, Vox, "Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors," 1 Nov. 2018 Part of the problem is that these essays often take a first-person-plural perspective, which flattens the drama of specificity with sweeping generalities. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Almost Everything’ Review: Finding Beauty," 26 Oct. 2018

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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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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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