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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.



Nearby words

multan, multangular, multangular bone, multeity, multi, multi-, multi-infarct dementia, multi-infection, multi-millionaire, multi-part stationery, multi-ply
Also especially before a vowel, mult-.

Origin of multi-

Middle English < Latin, combining form of multus much, many Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for multi-


combining form

many or muchmultiflorous; multimillion
more than onemultiparous; multistorey

Word Origin for multi-

from Latin multus much, many
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for multi-



Many; much; multiple:multiarticular.
More than one:multiparous.
More than two:multipolar.
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Science definitions for multi-


A prefix that means “many” or “much,” as in multicellular, having many cells.
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