- a combining form meaning “many,” “much,” “multiple,” “many times,” “more than one,” “more than two,” “composed of many like parts,” “in many respects,” used in the formation of compound words: multiply; multivitamin.
Origin of multi-
- many or muchmultiflorous; multimillion
- more than onemultiparous; multistorey
Word Origin and History for multi-
before vowels mult-, word-forming element meaning "many, many times, much," from comb. form of Latin multus "much, many," from PIE *ml-to-, from root *mel- "strong, great, numerous" (cf. Latin melior "better," Greek mala "very, very much"). Many words that use it (multinational, etc.) are 20c. coinages.
- Many; much; multiple:multiarticular.
- More than one:multiparous.
- More than two:multipolar.
- A prefix that means many or much, as in multicellular, having many cells.