[ ploor-uhl ]
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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.

  1. being one of such a plurality.

  2. 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.”

  1. the plural number.

  2. a form in the plural.

Origin of plural

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin plūrālis, equivalent to plūr-, stem of plūsplus + -alis-al1

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British Dictionary definitions for plural


/ (ˈplʊərəl) /

  1. containing, involving, or composed of more than one person, thing, item, etc: a plural society

  2. denoting a word indicating that more than one referent is being referred to or described

  1. grammar

    • the plural number

    • a plural form

Origin of plural

C14: from Old French plurel, from Late Latin plūrālis concerning many, from Latin plūs more

Derived forms of plural

  • plurally, adverb

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Cultural definitions for plural


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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