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myriad

Syllabification: myr·i·ad
Pronunciation: /ˈmirēəd
 
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literary

Definition of myriad in English:

noun

1A countless or extremely great number: networks connecting a myriad of computers
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  • They jumped over countless hedges and a myriad of small streams and barbed wire, all set up to prevent what was happening now.
  • Africa starts with 53 nations loaded with a myriad of problems and needs.
  • News that two young East Yorkshire men are set to become dot com millionaires will provoke a myriad of reactions.
Synonyms
a multitude, a large/great number, a large/great quantity, scores, quantities, a mass, a host, droves, a horde
informal lots, loads, masses, stacks, scads, tons, hundreds, thousands, millions, gazillions, bajillions
2(Chiefly in classical history) a unit of ten thousand.

adjective

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1Countless or extremely great in number: the myriad lights of the city
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  • Check out the myriad DIY lighting systems available in local garden centres and DIY stores for this very purpose.
  • As they approached the facility, Peter could tell how large the entire installation was by the myriad lights scattered across the compound.
  • Lighted candles of myriad colors gathered in a large circle, and a stick of incense stood in the center.
Synonyms
1.1Having countless or very many elements or aspects: the myriad political scene
More example sentences
  • In the evening I hang out with a myriad assortment of interesting characters.
  • These include a myriad assortment of insects, arachnids, rodents, and the occasional raccoon.

Origin

mid 16th century (sense 2 of the noun): via late Latin from Greek murias, muriad-, from murioi '10,000'.

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  • This was originally a Greek term for ‘ten thousand’.

Usage

Myriad is derived from a Greek noun and adjective meaning ‘ten thousand.’ It was first used in English as a noun in reference to a great but indefinite number. The adjectival sense of ‘countless, innumerableappeared much later. In modern English, use of myriad as a noun and adjective are equally standard and correct, despite the fact that some traditionalists consider the adjective as the only acceptable use of the word.

Words that rhyme with myriad

bluebeard • IliadOlympiad

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