plural

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See also: Plural and plurál

English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • (abbreviation, grammar): pl.

Etymology[edit]

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.

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Adjective[edit]

plural (comparative more plural, superlative most plural)

  1. Consisting of or containing more than one of something.
    • Shakespeare
      Plural faith, which is too much by one.
  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[edit]

plural (plural plurals)

  1. (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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Many languages have singular and plural forms for one item or more than one item. Some have a singular form for one, dual form for two, trial form for three, paucal form for several, and plural for more than two (e.g., Arabic, Fijian).
  • 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 greater than one, and for people or things when the quantity is unknown.
  • In English, the plural is most often formed simply by adding the letter "s" to the end of a noun, e.g. apple/apples. There are many exceptions, however, such as echo/echoes, mouse/mice, child/children, deer/deer (same word), etc.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin plurale

Adjective[edit]

plural m, f (masculine and feminine plural plurals)

  1. plural

Noun[edit]

plural m (plural plurals)

  1. plural

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. plural, large

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Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

plural m, f (plural plurais)

  1. plural

Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

plural m

  1. (grammar) plural

Occitan[edit]

Noun[edit]

plural m (plural plurals)

  1. plural

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

plùrāl m (Cyrillic spelling плу̀ра̄л)

  1. (uncountable) plural

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Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

plural m, f (plural plurales)

  1. plural, multiple

Noun[edit]

plural m (plural plurales)

  1. (grammar) plural