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plural definition

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This page has 19 definitions of plural with English translations in 13 languages. Plural is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use plural in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Plural and plurál

English plural definition

Alternative forms

  • (abbreviation, grammar): pl.

Etymology

From Middle English plurelle, from Old French plurel (plural), borrowed from Latin pluralis (of or belonging to more than one, belonging to many, adjective), from plus, pluris (more) + -alis.

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Adjective

plural (comparative more plural, superlative most plural)

  1. Consisting of or containing more than one of something. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona:
      Than plural faith which is too much by one: Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!
  2. (comparable) Pluralistic.
    • 1987, Mircea Eliade, Charles J. Adams, editor, The Encyclopedia of religion, volume 3:
      Although the nation was far more plural than Canada in the number of its Christian groups
    • 2006, Suisheng Zhao, Debating political reform in China: rule of law vs. democratization, page 29:
      The Hong Kong and Singapore markets are way more "plural" than most Western economies, but they have not led to pluralistic politics.
    • 2007, Lachelle Renee Hannickel, From cultural transgressions to literary transformations: ..., page 195:
      History is perhaps more plural than traditionally imagined, leaving room for more groups to express their story.
    • 2009, Pille Valk, Teenagers' perspectives on the role of religion in their lives, ..., page 281:
      Generally the girls tend to perceive their social world as somewhat more plural than boys do. Several of these questions reveal that there are more boys (61%) than girls (39%) who 'do not know' about the religion of others
    • 2011, Harald E. Braun; Edward Vallance, The Renaissance Conscience, page 50:
      Yet More's conscience was responding to a world just a little more plural than the world he was born in

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Noun

plural (plural plurals)

  1. (grammar, uncountable) The plural number. In English, referring to more than one of something.
    • 1895, William W. Goodwin, A Greek Grammar. Revised and enlarged., page 34:
      "There are three numbers; the singular, the dual, and the plural. [...] The dual is sometimes used to denote two objects, but even here the plural is more common."
  2. (grammar, countable) 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.
    The plural of 'cat' is 'cats', but the plural of 'child' is 'children'.

Usage notes

  • Many languages have singular for one item and plural for more than one item. Some languages also have a dual form for two, a trial form for three, or a paucal form for several (e.g. Fijian). Other languages do not distinguish any of these categories.
  • While the plural form generally refers to two or more persons or things, that is not always the case. The plural form is often used for zero persons or things, for fractional things in a quantity that is not equal to one, and for people or things when the quantity is unknown.

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Catalan plural definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

plural (masculine and feminine plural plurals)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

Noun

plural m (plural plurals)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

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French plural definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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Adjective

plural (feminine singular plurale, masculine plural pluraux, feminine plural plurales)

  1. plural, large

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Galician plural definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Noun

plural m or f (plural plurais)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

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German plural definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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Adjective

plural (not comparable)

  1. pluralistic

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Indonesian plural definition

Etymology

From English plural, 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. Compare to Afrikaans pluraal.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈplural]
  • Hyphenation: plu‧ral

Adjective

plural

  1. plural: consisting of or containing more than one of something.
    Synonyms: jamak, majemuk

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Maltese plural definition

Etymology

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Noun

plural m

  1. (grammar) plural

Middle English plural definition

Adjective

plural

  1. Alternative form of plurelle

Occitan plural definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Noun

plural m (plural plurals)

  1. plural

Portuguese plural definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

plural m or f (plural plurais, comparable)

  1. plural (consisting of more than one things)
    Antonym: singular

Noun

plural m (plural plurais)

  1. (grammar) plural (word referring to multiple things)
    Antonym: singular

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  • plural” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Romanian plural definition

Etymology

From Latin pluralis

Noun

plural n (plural plurali)

  1. plural

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Serbo-Croatian plural definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /plǔraːl/
  • Hyphenation: plu‧ral

Noun

plùrāl m (Cyrillic spelling плу̀ра̄л)

  1. (uncountable) plural

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Spanish plural definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pluˈɾal/, [pluˈɾal]

Adjective

plural (plural plurales)

  1. plural, multiple
    Antonym: singular

Noun

plural m (plural plurales)

  1. (grammar) plural
    Antonym: singular

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