[ muhl-tee, -tahy ]

noun,plural mul·tis.
  1. a pattern of several colors or hues, usually in stripes: This dress comes in pink or green multi.


Origin of multi

By shortening of multicolor or multicolored

Other definitions for multi- (2 of 2)


  1. 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-

Middle English <Latin, combining form of multus much, many
  • Also especially before a vowel, mult-. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use multi in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for multi-


combining form
  1. many or much: multiflorous; multimillion

  2. more than one: multiparous; multistorey

Origin of multi-

from Latin multus much, many

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Scientific definitions for multi-


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

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