Definition of multitude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməltəˌt(y)o͞od/


1A large number: a multitude of medical conditions are due to being overweight
More example sentences
  • Today the seas teem with multitudes of creatures comprising hundred of thousands of species.
  • To even imply that is to insult the mind-set and values of those faceless multitudes who flock to the cinema halls every other day and make or mar the fortunes of many a film.
  • The centre piece is the Victoria Falls in Livingstone which has so far played host to multitudes of tourists visiting the city.
a lot, a great/large number, a great/large quantity, a host, a horde, a mass, a swarm, an abundance, a profusion;
scores, quantities, droves
informal a slew, lots, loads, masses, stacks, heaps, piles, tons, dozens, hundreds, thousands, millions, gazillions, bajillions
1.1 (the multitudes) Large numbers of people: the multitudes using the roads
1.2 (the multitude) A large gathering of people: Father Peter addressed the multitude
1.3 (the multitude) The mass of ordinary people without power or influence: placing ultimate political power in the hands of the multitude
More example sentences
  • It is no longer feasible to convince the multitudes to expect little from their leaders, now that they have learned of international standards of governance.
  • The danger of these regimes is also in inflicting on multitudes the state of mass fear and, consequently, the state of psychological abnormality.
  • And those faceless multitudes, often unlettered, usually uneducated, have been able to guess it right.
crowd, gathering, assembly, congregation, flock, throng, horde, mob
formal concourse
common people, people, populace, masses, rank and file, commonality, plebeians, proletariat;
derogatory hoi polloi, rabble, riffraff, (great) unwashed, (common) herd, proles, plebs
humorous sheeple
historical third estate
1.4 archaic The state of being numerous: they would swarm over the river in their multitude


cover a multitude of sins

see cover.
Example sentences
  • The umbrella term ' technology ' covers a multitude of sins.
  • No doubt, the subtropical climate has covered a multitude of sins with greenery.
  • This novelty helped, at least to some extent, to "cover a multitude of sins."


Middle English: via Old French from Latin multitudo, from multus 'many'.

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Syllabification: mul·ti·tude

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