Mul"ti*tude (?), n. [F. multitude, L. multitudo, multitudinis, fr. multus much, many; of unknown origin.]


A great number of persons collected together; a numerous collection of persons; a crowd; an assembly.

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them. Matt. ix. 36.


A great number of persons or things, regarded collectively; as, the book will be read by a multitude of people; the multitude of stars; a multitude of cares.

It is a fault in a multitude of preachers, that they uttery neglect method in their harangues. I. Watts.

A multitude of flowers As countless as the stars on high. Longfellow.


The state of being many; numerousness.

They came as grasshoppers for multitude. Judg. vi. 5.

The multitude, the populace; the mass of men.

Syn. -- Throng; crowd; assembly; assemblage; commonalty; swarm; populace; vulgar. See Throng.


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