from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being numerous.
- n. A very great number.
- n. The masses; the populace: the concerns of the multitude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A great amount or number, often of people.
- n. The mass of ordinary people; the populous or the masses
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly.
- n. A great number of persons or things, regarded collectively
- n. The state of being many; numerousness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being many; numerousness; also, a great number regarded collectively or as congregated together.
- n. A great number, indefinitely.
- n. A crowd or throng; a gathering or collection of people.
- n. Synonyms Multitude, Throng, Crowd, swarm, mass, host, legion. A multitude, however great, may he in a space so large as to give each one ample room; a throng or a crowd is generally smaller than a multitude, but is gathered into a close body, a throng being a company that presses together or forward, and a crowd carrying the closeness to uncomfortable physical contact.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the common people generally
- n. a large gathering of people
- n. a large indefinite number
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin multitūdō, from multus, many; see mel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman multitude, Middle French multitude, and their source, Latin multitūdō. (Wiktionary)