[ muhl-tuh-fair-ee-uhs ]
/ ˌmʌl təˈfɛər i əs /
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having many different parts, elements, forms, etc.
numerous and varied; greatly diverse or manifold: multifarious activities.



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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

OTHER WORDS FROM multifarious

mul·ti·far·i·ous·ly, adverbmul·ti·far·i·ous·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for multifarious

/ (ˌmʌltɪˈfɛərɪəs) /


having many parts of great variety

Derived forms of multifarious

multifariously, adverbmultifariousness, noun

Word Origin for multifarious

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