plural, plural form(adj)
the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
composed of more than one member, set, or kind
grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units
: 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.
Consisting of or containing more than one of something.
Origin: From plurelle, from plurel, from pluralis, from plus, pluris + -alis.
relating to, or containing, more than one; designating two or more; as, a plural word
the plural number; that form of a word which expresses or denotes more than one; a word in the plural form
Origin: [L. pluralis, from plus, pluris, more; cf. F. pluriel, OF. plurel. See Plus.]
The plural, in many languages, is one of the values of the grammatical category of number. Plural forms of nouns typically denote a quantity other than the default quantity represented by a noun, which is generally one. Most commonly, therefore, plurals are used to denote two or more of something, although they may also denote fractional, zero or negative amounts. An example of a plural is the English word cats, which corresponds to the singular cat. Plurality is a linguistic universal, represented variously among the languages as a separate word, an affix, or by other morphological indications such as stress or implicit markers/context. Words of other types, such as verbs, adjectives and pronouns, also frequently have distinct plural forms, which are used in agreement with the number of their associated nouns. Some languages also have a dual or other systems of number categories. However in English and many other languages, singular and plural are the only grammatical numbers, except for possible remnants of the dual in pronouns such as both and either.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
plōō′ral, adj. containing or expressing more than one.—n. (gram.) the form denoting more than one.—n. Pluralisā′tion.—v.t. Plu′ralise, to make plural.—v.i. to hold two or more benefices simultaneously.—ns. Plu′ralism, the state of being plural: the holding by one person of more than one office at once, esp. applied to ecclesiastical livings; Plu′ralist, one who holds more than one office at one time; Plural′ity, the state of being plural: a number consisting of more than one: the majority: the holding of more than one benefice at one time: the living held by a pluralist.—adv. Plu′rally. [Fr.,—L. pluralis—plus, pluris, more.]
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The numerical value of plural in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of plural in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The plural of anecdote is data.
This clearly targets plural Mormon families. This clearly targets free speech. This clearly is a bill of religious discrimination.
It is striking how much of the majority's reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.
Yes there is a willingness to enter Raqqa because we want to cleanse all of Syria. We want to get rid of all of ISIS. We have sworn anywhere that there is ISIS, we must get rid of them for the sake of a free, democratic and plural Syria.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- جمع, صيغة الجمعArabic
- pluralCatalan, Valencian
- množné čísloCzech
- mehrfach, plural, pluralisch, Mehrzahl, Mehrzahl-German
- monikko-, monikko, monikollinenFinnish
- meartalWestern Frisian
- iolraScottish Gaelic
- לשון רביםHebrew
- հոգնակի թիվ, հոգնակիArmenian
- í fleirtölu, fleirtölu-, marg-, fleir-, fleirtalaIcelandic
- 複数形, 複数Japanese
- 복수, 복수형Korean
- Pluriel, MéizuelLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- олон тооMongolian
- meervoud, meervoudig, meervoudigeDutch
- díkwíjíltʼéegoNavajo, Navaho
- liczba mnoga, mnogiPolish
- множественный, множественное число, мноRussian
- pluralni, множински, množinski, плуралниSerbo-Croatian
- množné číslo, plurálSlovak
- flertal, plural, pluralisSwedish
- akthari, wingiSwahili
- множина, чисельний, мноUkrainian
- plunum, plunumikVolapük
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