[ ploo-ral-i-tee ]
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noun,plural plu·ral·i·ties.
  1. the excess of votes received by the leading candidate, in an election in which there are three or more candidates, over those received by the next candidate (distinguished from majority).

  2. more than half of the whole; the majority.

  1. a number greater than one.

  2. fact of being numerous.

  3. a large number; multitude.

  4. state or fact of being plural.

  5. Ecclesiastical.

    • the holding by one person of two or more benefices at the same time; pluralism.

    • any of the benefices so held.

Origin of plurality

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English pluralite, from Old French, from Late Latin plūrālitās; see plural, -ity

synonym study For plurality

1. See majority.

Other words from plurality

  • non·plu·ral·i·ty, noun, plural non·plu·ral·i·ties.

Words that may be confused with plurality

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How to use plurality in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for plurality


/ (plʊəˈrælɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the state of being plural or numerous

  2. maths a number greater than one

  1. US and Canadian the excess of votes or seats won by the winner of an election over the runner-up when no candidate or party has more than 50 per cent: British equivalent: relative majority

  2. a large number

  3. the greater number; majority

  4. another word for pluralism (def. 1)

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