[ muhl-ti-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈmʌl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /


a great number; host: a multitude of friends.
a great number of people gathered together; crowd; throng.
the state or character of being many; numerousness.
the multitude, the common people; the masses.

Nearby words

  1. multitasking,
  2. multitool,
  3. multitrack,
  4. multitracking,
  5. multituberculate,
  6. multitude of sins, cover a,
  7. multitudinous,
  8. multiuser system,
  9. multivalent,
  10. multivalent vaccine

Origin of multitude

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English word from Latin word multitūdō. See multi-, -tude

Synonym study

2. See crowd1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for multitude

British Dictionary definitions for multitude


/ (ˈmʌltɪˌtjuːd) /


a large gathering of people
the multitude the common people
a large number
the state or quality of being numerous

Word Origin for multitude

C14: via Old French from Latin multitūdō

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Word Origin and History for multitude



early 14c., from Old French multitude (12c.) and directly from Latin multitudinem (nominative multitudo) "a great number, a crowd; the crowd, the common people," from multus "many, much" (see multi-) + suffix -tudo (see -tude). Related: Multitudes.

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