[muhl-ti-tood-n-uh s, -tyood-]


forming a multitude or great number; existing, occurring, or present in great numbers; very numerous.
comprising many items, parts, or elements.
Archaic. crowded or thronged.

Origin of multitudinous

1595–1605; < Latin multitūdin- (stem of multitūdō) multitude + -ous
Related formsmul·ti·tu·di·nous·ly, adverbmul·ti·tu·di·nous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for multitudinous

Historical Examples of multitudinous

  • The Scottish ballads may scarce be so multitudinous and protean a host as this.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • To these multitudinous questions and assertions I made no answer.

    Daring and Suffering:

    William Pittenger

  • The multitudinous seed and other characteristics we will pass by for the present.

  • But the testimony of a witness is open to multitudinous doubts.

    Lectures on Evolution

    Thomas Henry Huxley

  • There was a moment of sinister silence, then a multitudinous stirring of the leaves.

    Story of My Life

    Helen Keller

British Dictionary definitions for multitudinous



very numerous
rare great in extent, variety, etc
poetic crowded
Derived Formsmultitudinously, adverbmultitudinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for multitudinous

c.1600, first in Shakespeare, from Latin multitudin-, stem of multitudo (see multitude) + -ous. Related: Multitudinously; multitudinousness.

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