[ muhl-ti-tood-n-uh s, -tyood- ]
/ ˌmʌl tɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud- /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for multitudinous


/ (ˌmʌltɪˈtjuːdɪnəs) /


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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