[noo-mer-uh s, nyoo-]


very many; being or existing in great quantity: numerous visits; numerous fish.
consisting of or comprising a great number of units or individuals: Recent audiences have been more numerous.

Nearby words

  1. numerical weather prediction,
  2. numerically,
  3. numero uno,
  4. numerology,
  5. numerosity,
  6. numerously,
  7. numic,
  8. numidia,
  9. numidian,
  10. numidian crane

Origin of numerous

1580–90; < Latin numerōsus consisting of a great number, numerous, equivalent to nume-r(us) number + -ōsus -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for numerous



being many
consisting of many units or partsa numerous collection
Derived Formsnumerously, adverbnumerousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for numerous



early 15c., from Latin numerosus "numerous," from numerus "a number" (see number (n.)). Related: Numerosity.

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