Definition of multitude noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmʌltɪtjuːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌltɪtuːd//
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  1. 1[countable] multitude (of something/somebody) an extremely large number of things or people a multitude of possibilities a multitude of birds These elements can be combined in a multitude of different ways. The region attracts tourists in their multitudes. The library offers a whole multitude of books for young readers.
  2. 2the multitude [singular + singular or plural verb] (also the multitudes [plural]) (sometimes disapproving) the mass of ordinary people It was an elite that believed its task was to enlighten the multitude. to feed the starving multitudes She was famous for singing patriotic songs to the assembled multitudes.
  3. 3[countable] (literary) a large crowd of people synonym throng He preached to the assembled multitude.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin multitudo, from multus ‘many’.Idioms
    cover/hide a multitude of sins
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    (often humorous) to hide the real situation or facts when these are not good or pleasant She was dressed in loose comfortable clothes that hid a multitude of sins.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: multitude