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  1. having many different shapes, forms, or kinds.

Origin of multiform

From the Latin word multiformis, dating back to 1595–1605. See multi-, -form
Related formsmul·ti·for·mi·ty [muhl-tuh-fawr-mi-tee] /ˌmʌl təˈfɔr mɪ ti/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Its manifestations are multiform but they have a common source.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • His career and transformations on the Continent were multiform.

  • The exact measurement of so multiform a force is impossible.

  • The more we study him, the more are we astonished at his multiform genius.

  • His variety and multiform genius cannot otherwise be accounted for.

British Dictionary definitions for multiform


  1. having many forms or kinds
Derived Formsmultiformity (ˌmʌltɪˈfɔːmɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for multiform


also multi-form, c.1600, from French multiforme or Latin multiformis "many-shaped, manifold," from multus "much, many" (see multi-) + forma "shape" (see form (n.)).

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multiform in Medicine


  1. Occurring in or having many forms or shapes; polymorphic.
Related formsmul′ti•formi•ty (-fôrmĭ-tē) n.
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