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myriad Line breaks: myr¦iad
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪrɪəd/

Definition of myriad in English:


1A countless or extremely great number of people or things: myriads of insects danced around the light above my head
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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.
multitude, a large/great number/quantity, a lot, scores, quantities, mass, crowd, throng, host, droves, horde, army, legion, sea, swarm
informallots, loads, masses, stacks, tons, oodles, hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, zillions, more … than one can shake a stick at
British informalshedload
North American informalslew, gazillions, bazillions, gobs
Australian/New Zealand informalswag
vulgar slangshitload
North American vulgar slangassload
2(Chiefly in classical history) a unit of ten thousand: the army was organized on a decimal system, up to divisions of 10,000 or myriads


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1Countless or extremely great in number: he gazed at 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.
1.1Having countless or very many elements or aspects: the myriad political scene
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  • 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.


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

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

Words that rhyme with myriad

bluebeard • Iliad • Olympiad

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