- a great number; host: a multitude of friends.
- a great number of people gathered together; crowd; throng.
- the state or character of being many; numerousness.
- the multitude, the common people; the masses.
Origin of multitude
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2. See crowd1.
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Examples from the Web for multitude
His most famous miracle was making a few loaves and fishes feed a multitude.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
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I am not answerable for offences which have their origin in the eyes of the multitude.
I feel the breath of life taken away from me by the multitude.
Encouraged by the shouts of the multitude, who were crying to Cleon, "Why don't you go and do it?"Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
But now there was a sudden movement throughout the multitude.An Old Woman's Tale
He uttereth his voice, and there is a noise of a multitude of waters in the heavens.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
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- a large gathering of people
- the multitude the common people
- a large number
- the state or quality of being numerous
C14: via Old French from Latin multitūdō
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Word Origin and History for multitude
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