1 of 3


more ˈmȯr How to pronounce many (audio) ; most ˈmōst How to pronounce many (audio)
: consisting of or amounting to a large but indefinite number
worked for many years
the many advantages of an education
: being one of a large but indefinite number
many a man
many another student


2 of 3


plural in construction
: a large number of persons or things
many are called


3 of 3


plural in construction
: a large but indefinite number
a good many of them
: the great majority of people
the many
as many
: the same in number
saw three plays in as many days

Example Sentences

Adjective a journey of many miles begins with a single step
Recent Examples on the Web
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New York Times Reporter Taylor Lorenz was one of many who shared the viral videos on the platform. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, 4 June 2020 The investigation is just one of many led by House Democrats since taking the majority in the 2018 elections. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2019 Brazil's humiliation was complete when the home crowd - many of whom had been reduced to bitter tears in the first half hour - started cheering every German pass., 13 June 2018 An outspoken critic of the president, Dent has been someone the press corps relied on to publicly say what many of his colleagues were privately thinking. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2018 Silverstein is one of many who shared the TV writer Google doc Tuesday. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Jan. 2018 Last April many voiced their frustration at a county commission meeting. CBS News, 19 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History


Adjective, Pronoun, and Noun

Middle English, from Old English manig; akin to Old High German manag many, Old Church Slavonic mŭnogŭ much

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of many was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Many.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 adjective
more ˈmō(ə)r How to pronounce many (audio)
; most ˈmōst How to pronounce many (audio)
: amounting to a large number
worked for many years
: being one of a large but indefinite number
told many a tale


2 of 3 pronoun
: a large number
many of the students were late


3 of 3 noun
: a large but indefinite number
a good many of them

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