[muhl-ti-tood, -tyood]


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.

Origin of multitude

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

Synonyms for multitude

2. mass.

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for multitude

Contemporary Examples of multitude

Historical Examples of multitude

  • I am not answerable for offences which have their origin in the eyes of the multitude.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I feel the breath of life taken away from me by the multitude.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Encouraged by the shouts of the multitude, who were crying to Cleon, "Why don't you go and do it?"

  • But now there was a sudden movement throughout the multitude.

    An Old Woman's Tale

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He uttereth his voice, and there is a noise of a multitude of waters in the heavens.

British Dictionary definitions for multitude



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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