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masses definition

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This page has 11 definitions of masses in English, Catalan, Valencian, and French. Masses is a noun, verb and adjective. Examples of how to use masses in a sentence are shown. Also define these 6 related words and terms: mass, people, massa, masse, commoner, and masser.

See also: Masses, massés, and Maßes

English masses definition

Pronunciation

Noun

masses

  1. plural of mass

Noun

masses pl (plural only)

  1. (generically) People, especially a large number of people
    • 2012 August 21, Jason Heller, “The Darkness: Hot Cakes (Music Review)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Since first tossing its cartoonish, good-time cock-rock to the masses in the early ’00s, The Darkness has always fallen back on this defense: The band is a joke, but hey, it’s a good joke. With Hot Cakes—the group’s third album, and first since reforming last year—the laughter has died. In its place is the sad wheeze of the last surviving party balloon slowly, listlessly deflating.
  2. The total population.
    The masses will be voting this Tuesday.
    • 1975, Monty Python, Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
      Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
  3. The lower classes or all but the elite.
    [] the ignorant masses []

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Verb

masses

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of mass

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Further reading

  • "masses" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 192.

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Catalan masses definition

Adjective

masses

  1. feminine plural of massa

Noun

masses

  1. plural of massa

French masses definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Non-lemma form

Noun

masses f

  1. plural of masse

Noun

masses f pl (plural only)

  1. The commoners, the people.

Etymology 2

Non-lemma form

Verb

masses

  1. second-person singular present indicative of masser
    • Masser definition
      A priest who celebrates Mass
  2. second-person singular present subjunctive of masser

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