[ muhl-tuh-fair-ee-uh s ]
/ ˌmʌl təˈfɛər i əs /


having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold: multifarious activities.

Nearby words

  1. multiethnic,
  2. multifaceted,
  3. multifactorial,
  4. multifactorial inheritance,
  5. multifamily,
  6. multifid,
  7. multifil,
  8. multifilament,
  9. multiflora,
  10. multiflora rose

Origin of multifarious

1585–95; < Late Latin multifārius many-sided, manifold, equivalent to Latin multifāri(am) on many sides + -us adj. suffix (see -ous); see multi-, bifarious

Related formsmul·ti·far·i·ous·ly, adverbmul·ti·far·i·ous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for multifarious


/ (ˌmʌltɪˈfɛərɪəs) /


having many parts of great variety
Derived Formsmultifariously, adverbmultifariousness, noun

Word Origin for multifarious

C16: from Late Latin multifārius manifold, from Latin multifāriam on many sides

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Word Origin and History for multifarious



1590s, from Latin multifarius "manifold," from multifariam (adv.) "on many sides; in many places or parts," perhaps originally "that which can be expressed in many ways," from multi- "many" (see multi-) + -fariam, adverbial suffix (cf. bifariam "in two places"), from PIE *dwi-dhe- "making two." Related: Multifariously; multifariousness. Earlier forms of the word in English were multiphary (adv.); multipharie (adj.), both mid-15c.

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