from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or composed of more than one member, set, or kind: the plural meanings of a text; a plural society.
  • adj. Grammar Of or being a grammatical form that designates more than one of the things specified.
  • n. Grammar The plural number or form.
  • n. Grammar A word or term in the plural form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Consisting of or containing more than one of something.
  • adj. Pluralistic.
  • n. : a word in the form in which it potentially refers to something other than one person or thing; and other than two things if the language has a dual form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to, or containing, more than one; designating two or more.
  • n. The plural number; that form of a word which expresses or denotes more than one; a word in the plural form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing more than one; consisting of two or more, or designating two or more.
  • Specifically In grammar, noting the form of a word (primarily of a noun or pronoun, then of an adjective qualifying it, and finally of a verb of which it is subject) which marks it as signifying or relating to more than one, as distinguished from singular, signifying only one; in some languages, which have a dual form for two, signifying more than two: thus, boys is the plural number of boy, men of man, we of I, these of this, are of is, and were of was.
  • n. The state of being manifold or more than one.
  • n. That form of a word which expresses plurality, or the plural number.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units
  • adj. composed of more than one member, set, or kind
  • n. the form of a word that is used to denote more than one


Middle English plurel, from Old French, from Latin plūrālis, from plūs, plūr-, more.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English plurelle, from Old French plurel ("plural"), from Latin pluralis ("of or belonging to more than one, belonging to many", adjective), from plus, pluris ("more") + -alis. (Wiktionary)



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