American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or composed of more than one member, set, or kind: the plural meanings of a text; a plural society.
- adj. Grammar Of or being a grammatical form that designates more than one of the things specified.
- n. Grammar The plural number or form.
- n. Grammar A word or term in the plural form.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Containing more than one; consisting of two or more, or designating two or more.
- Specifically In grammar, noting the form of word (primarily of a noun or pronoun, then of an adjective qualifying it, and finally of a verb of which it is subject) which marks it as signifying or relating to more than one, as distinguished from singular, signifying only one; in some languages, which have a dual form for two, signifying more than two: thus, boys is the plural number of boy, men of man, we of I, these of this, are of is, and were of was.
- n. The state of being manifold or more than one.
- n. That form of word which expresses plurality, or the plural number.
- adj. Consisting of or containing more than one of something.
- adj. comparable Pluralistic.
- n. grammar : 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Relating to, or containing, more than one; designating two or more.
- n. (Gram.) The plural number; that form of word which expresses or denotes more than one; a word in the plural form.
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English plurel, from Old French, from Latin plūrālis, from plūs, plūr-, more. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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