See also: Plural and plurál

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English plurelle, from Old French plurel (plural), borrowed from Latin pluralis (of or belonging to more than one, belonging to many, adjective), from plus, pluris (more) + -alis.

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plural (comparative more plural, superlative most plural)

  1. Consisting of or containing more than one of something.
    The notion of culture is one whose meanings are plural and shifting.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona:
      Than plural faith which is too much by one: Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!
  2. (grammar) In systems of number, not singular or not singular or dual.
    English nouns usually have singular and plural forms.
  3. (comparable) Pluralistic.
    • 1987, Mircea Eliade, Charles J. Adams, editor, The Encyclopedia of religion, volume 3:
      Although the nation was far more plural than Canada in the number of its Christian groups
    • 2006, Suisheng Zhao, Debating political reform in China: rule of law vs. democratization, page 29:
      The Hong Kong and Singapore markets are way more "plural" than most Western economies, but they have not led to pluralistic politics.
    • 2007, Lachelle Renee Hannickel, From cultural transgressions to literary transformations: ..., page 195:
      History is perhaps more plural than traditionally imagined, leaving room for more groups to express their story.
    • 2009, Pille Valk, Teenagers' perspectives on the role of religion in their lives, ..., page 281:
      Generally the girls tend to perceive their social world as somewhat more plural than boys do. Several of these questions reveal that there are more boys (61%) than girls (39%) who 'do not know' about the religion of others
    • 2011, Harald E. Braun; Edward Vallance, The Renaissance Conscience, page 50:
      Yet More's conscience was responding to a world just a little more plural than the world he was born in

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plural (plural plurals)

  1. (grammar, uncountable) The plural number. In English, referring to more or less than one of something.
    • 1895, William W. Goodwin, A Greek Grammar. Revised and enlarged., page 34:
      "There are three numbers; the singular, the dual, and the plural. [...] The dual is sometimes used to denote two objects, but even here the plural is more common."
  2. (grammar, countable) A word in the form in which it potentially refers to something other than one person or thing; and other than two things if the language has a dual form.
    The plural of 'cat' is 'cats', but the plural of 'child' is 'children'.

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  • Many languages have singular for one item and plural for more than one item. Some languages also have a dual form for two, a trial form for three, or a paucal form for several (e.g. Fijian). Other languages do not distinguish any of these categories.
  • While the plural form generally refers to two or more persons or things, that is not always the case. The plural form is often used for zero persons or things, for fractional things in a quantity that is not equal to one, and for people or things when the quantity is unknown.

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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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plural (masculine and feminine plural plurals)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

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plural m (plural plurals)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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plural (feminine singular plurale, masculine plural pluraux, feminine plural plurales)

  1. plural, large

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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plural m or f (plural plurais)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

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GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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plural (not comparable)

  1. pluralistic

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IndonesianEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From English plural, from Middle English plurelle, from Old French plurel (plural), from Latin pluralis (of or belonging to more than one, belonging to many, adjective), from plus, pluris (more) + -alis. Compare to Afrikaans pluraal.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈplural]
  • Hyphenation: plu‧ral

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plural

  1. plural: consisting of or containing more than one of something.
    Synonyms: jamak, majemuk

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MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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plural m

  1. (grammar) plural

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plural

  1. Alternative form of plurelle

OccitanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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  • (file)

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plural m (plural plurals)

  1. plural

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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plural m or f (plural plurais, comparable)

  1. plural (consisting of more than one things)
    Antonym: singular

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plural m (plural plurais)

  1. (grammar) plural (word referring to multiple things)
    Antonym: singular

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  • plural” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin pluralis

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plural n (plural plurali)

  1. plural

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Serbo-CroatianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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  • IPA(key): /plǔraːl/
  • Hyphenation: plu‧ral

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plùrāl m (Cyrillic spelling плу̀ра̄л)

  1. (uncountable) plural

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pluˈɾal/, [pluˈɾal]
  • (file)

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plural (plural plurales)

  1. plural, multiple
    Antonym: singular

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plural m (plural plurales)

  1. (grammar) plural
    Antonym: singular

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