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ˈplʊər əlplu·ral

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plural, plural formadjective

    the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

  2. pluraladjective

    composed of more than one member, set, or kind

  3. pluraladjective

    grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units


  1. pluralnoun

    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.

  2. pluraladjective

    Consisting of or containing more than one of something.

  3. pluraladjective


  4. Etymology: From plurelle, from plurel, from pluralis, from plus, pluris + -alis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PLURALadjective

    Etymology: pluralis, Lat.

    Thou hast no faith left now, unless thoud’st two;
    Better have none
    Than plural faith, which is too much by one. William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pluraladjective

    relating to, or containing, more than one; designating two or more; as, a plural word

  2. Pluralnoun

    the plural number; that form of a word which expresses or denotes more than one; a word in the plural form

  3. Etymology: [L. pluralis, from plus, pluris, more; cf. F. pluriel, OF. plurel. See Plus.]


  1. Plural

    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

  1. Plural

    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. pluralisplus, pluris, more.]

Editors Contribution

  1. plural

    Of or relating to a number of a specific form of noun.

    Cows is the plural of cow.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plural in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plural in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of plural in a Sentence

  1. The Dargers:

    This clearly targets plural Mormon families. This clearly targets free speech. This clearly is a bill of religious discrimination.

  2. Urmila Seshagiri:

    It really speaks to the film's insistence that no one is only one thing, that identities are always plural ; they're always blended, that no one is authentically or uniformly one thing or the other.

  3. Ben J. Wattenberg:

    The plural of anecdote is data.

  4. Researcher Rebecca Flowers:

    We're left with a feature that looks similar across the world when, in fact, there may have been multiple great unconformities, plural, we may need to change our language if we want to think about the Great Unconformity as being more complicated, forming at different times in different locations and for different reasons.

  5. Chief Justice John Roberts:

    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.

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