[ muhl-ti-noh-mee-uh l ]
/ ˌmʌl tɪˈnoʊ mi əl /

noun Algebra Now Rare.


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Origin of multinomial

1600–10; multi- + -nomial, on the model of polynomial, binomial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for multinomial

/ (ˌmʌltɪˈnəʊmɪəl) /


another name for polynomial (def. 2b)

Word Origin for multinomial

C17: from multi- + -nomial as in binomial
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for multinomial

[ mŭl′tĭ-nōmē-əl ]

See polynomial.
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