Definition of myriad in English:

myriad

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

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'.

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, innumerable’ appeared 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.

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