consisting of, containing, or pertaining to more than one.
pertaining to or involving a plurality of persons or things.
being one of such a plurality.
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.”
the plural number.
a form in the plural.
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How to use plural in a sentence
Well, it’s great because you captured one of the things I was thinking, that data is not the plural of anecdote, per se.Here’s the Right Story for Vaccine Holdouts - Issue 103: Healthy Communication | Stuart Firestein | July 14, 2021 | Nautilus
Overall, I wish Isaacson had created more of a mosaic, one similar to his history of the early computer industry — “The Innovators,” properly plural.The fierce scientific rivalry over a powerful gene-editing technology | Sam Kean | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
While the story of “Sea” was told by a poetic plural narrator and meandered through a hazy dystopian landscape, “My Year Abroad” is set in the present day and punctuated by the colorful and vibrant language of a college kid.Chang-rae Lee’s ‘My Year Abroad,’ is a sweeping, twisty tale of love, family and hope | Frances Cha | February 18, 2021 | Washington Post
If you think all of that is interesting, get a lot of this - in the Appalachian and Western Pennsylvania region of the United States, they came up with the word "yinz" in order to address the plural you.What Are All Of The Different Ways To Pluralize “You”? | Brigid Walsh | July 29, 2020 | Everything After Z
Let's break down all of the ways you can address the plural you.What Are All Of The Different Ways To Pluralize “You”? | Brigid Walsh | July 29, 2020 | Everything After Z
And the plural could be knaidels, or knaidelach, or knaidlach, or knaideluch.Mazel Tov, Arvind! But Are You Sure It’s Not Kneydl? | Daniel Gross | May 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
As GO is a word referring to the game, so its plural gos is.National Scrabble Day: A Poem So You’ll Know All 101 Two-Letter Words | David Bukszpan | April 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Actually, the issue of plural vs. singular is orthogonal to the dilemma she wants to pose.Responding To Critics Of "On Questioning The Jewish State" | Joseph Levine | March 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Illuminati is the plural of illuminatus, which means “enlightened.”Jay-Z Just Can’t Get Away From the Illuminati Rumors | Allison Samuels | March 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But as a great mentor once told me, the plural of anecdote is not data.
The Provençal has not even the formal distinction of the nouns in al, which in French make their plural in aux.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
For word Percy printed words, quite forgetting that the M.E. plural is dissyllabic (word-es).Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
In the same letter he admits that he had close relations with Spain, and throughout uses the first person plural.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
The use of the plural possessive thrilled the heart of the workers; the club was a family possession.The Leaven in a Great City | Lillian William Betts
Like numerous other nouns, it has its diminutive in os, its plural in wug, and its local form in ing.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
British Dictionary definitions for plural
containing, involving, or composed of more than one person, thing, item, etc: a plural society
denoting a word indicating that more than one referent is being referred to or described
the plural number
a plural form
- 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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