From Middle English multitude, multitud, multytude (“(great) amount or number of people or things; multitudinous”), borrowed from Old French multitude (“crowd of people; diversity, wide range”), or directly from its etymon Latin multitūdō (“great amount or number of people or things”), from multus (“many; much”) + -tūdō (suffix forming abstract nouns indicating a state or condition). The English word is analysable as multi- + -tude.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmʌltɪtjuːd/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmʌltəˌt(j)ud/, /ˈməl-/
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- Hyphenation: mul‧ti‧tude
multitude (plural multitudes)
- A great amount or number, often of people; abundance, myriad, profusion.
- 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 12: The Cyclops]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
- A torrential rain poured down from the floodgates of the angry heavens upon the bared heads of the assembled multitude which numbered at the lowest computation five hundred thousand persons.
- 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XIV, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
- “Well, let's hope you're right, darling. In the meantime,” said Kipper, “if I don't get that whisky-and-soda soon, I shall disintegrate. Would you mind if I went in search of it, Mrs Travers?” “It's the very thing I was about to suggest myself. Dash along and drink your fill, my unhappy young stag at eve.” “I'm feeling rather like a restorative, too,” said Bobbie. “Me also,” I said, swept along on the tide of the popular movement. “Though I would advise,” I said, when we were outside, “making it port. More authority. We'll look in on Swordfish. He will provide.” We found Pop Glossop in his pantry polishing silver, and put in our order. He seemed a little surprised at the inrush of such a multitude, but on learning that our tongues were hanging out obliged with a bottle of the best [...]
- The mass of ordinary people; the masses, the populace.
- Synonym: crowd
- Pilate, wishing to please the multitude, released Barabbas to them.
- Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil
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multitude f (plural multitudes)
- “multitude” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).