Definition of plural in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplʊər(ə)l/


1 Grammar (Of a word or form) denoting more than one, or (in languages with dual number) more than two: [postpositive]: the first person plural
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  • The first and second words could be either plural nouns or singular-inflected verbs.
  • The first person plural possessive pronoun ‘our’ is occasionally used in lieu of an article in order to denote a certain universality.
  • I've corrected this post to reflect that ‘Sims’ is plural.
1.1More than one in number: the meanings of the text are plural
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  • Maybe some form of plural executive is needed, such as they have in Switzerland.
  • But given that the section was in practice likely to be focused on people who are indeed purporting to be living in plural marriages, it seems that the report was indeed suggesting that the ban on polygamy was illegal.
  • Here he stressed Nehru's commitment to the emancipation of women and untouchables, to communal harmony and the maintenance of a united and plural India, and to the fostering of a socialist economics.
2Containing several diverse elements: a plural society
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  • The countrymen prefer a diverse and plural India.
  • The many migrations since the war have set Britain on the path to becoming a plural and diverse society.
  • In a country as diverse and plural as India, a wide range of demands are always going to arise that will have to be recognised, accommodated, and to some extent satisfied, if the polity is to survive.


1A plural word or form: nouns with irregular plurals
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  • Dwarf should definitely go in the category of final-f words with variable plurals.
  • Participants were told that the solution words did not include foreign words, plurals, or proper names, and that they could use paper and pencils as aids.
  • Energy cannot be counted, and the plural of the word is not in common use.
1.1 (the plural) The plural number: the verb is in the plural
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  • Likewise, the King regularly calls the disputants, his subjects, thou in the singular and you in the plural.
  • In the plural, they can refer to members of the person's family.



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  • The reason he gives is that there is a plurality of consciousnesses, and there also exist plurally the qualities of desire, hatred, effort, pleasure, and pain.
  • However, the commands of worship here are corporate commands addressed plurally.


Late Middle English: from Old French plurel or Latin pluralis, from plus, plur- 'more'.

Words that rhyme with plural

crural, jural, mural, neural, rural

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