[muhl-tiv-uh-kuh l]


having many or different meanings of equal probability or validity: a multivocal word.

Origin of multivocal

First recorded in 1800–10; multi- + vocal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for multivocal

Historical Examples of multivocal

  • Ens is a multivocal word, neither strictly univocal nor altogether equivocal.


    George Grote

British Dictionary definitions for multivocal



having many meanings

Word Origin for multivocal

C19: from Latin multus many + vocare to call; on the model of equivocal
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