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multitude

[muhl-ti-tood, -tyood] /ˈmʌl tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
a great number; host:
a multitude of friends.
2.
a great number of people gathered together; crowd; throng.
3.
the state or character of being many; numerousness.
4.
the multitude, the common people; the masses.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin multitūdō. See multi-, -tude
Synonyms
2. mass. See crowd1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for multitude

multitude

/ˈmʌltɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
a large gathering of people
2.
the multitude, the common people
3.
a large number
4.
the state or quality of being numerous
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin multitūdō
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Word Origin and History for multitude
n.

early 14c., from Old French multitude (12c.) and directly from Latin multitudinem (nominative multitudo) "a great number, a crowd; the crowd, the common people," from multus "many, much" (see multi-) + suffix -tudo (see -tude). Related: Multitudes.

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