[ploo r-uh l]
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  1. consisting of, containing, or pertaining to more than one.
  2. pertaining to or involving a plurality of persons or things.
  3. being one of such a plurality.
  4. Grammar. noting or pertaining to a member of the category of number, found in many languages, indicating that a word has more than one referent, as in English men, or more than two referents, as in Old English ge, meaning “you.”
noun Grammar.
  1. the plural number.
  2. a form in the plural.

Origin of plural

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin plūrālis, equivalent to plūr-, stem of plūs plus + -alis -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for plural

multiple, dual, many, numerous

Examples from the Web for plural

Contemporary Examples of plural

Historical Examples of plural

  • Obulus, (plural Oboli)—A small coin, about the value of a penny.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Mina, (plural Minæ)—Four pounds, three shillings, four pence.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • It existed but in two, and in one of these there was a plural executive.

  • The plural vexed Temple, and he told himself how unreasonable the vexation was.

  • I do that because it is so much more plural than the plural in this case.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for plural


  1. containing, involving, or composed of more than one person, thing, item, etca plural society
  2. denoting a word indicating that more than one referent is being referred to or described
  1. grammar
    1. the plural number
    2. a plural form
Derived Formsplurally, adverb

Word Origin for plural

C14: from Old French plurel, from Late Latin plūrālis concerning many, from Latin plūs more
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Word Origin and History for plural

late 14c., from Old French plurel "more than one" (12c., Modern French pluriel), from Latin pluralis "of or belonging to more than one," from plus (genitive pluris) "more" (see plus). The noun meaning "a plural number" is from late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

plural in Culture


The grammatical category in nouns, pronouns, and verbs that refers to more than one thing. Most nouns become plural with the addition of -s or -es: hats, chairs, dishes, countries, and so on. Some nouns form the plural in other ways, as in children, feet, geese, and women. (Compare singular; see agreement.)

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