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), borrowed 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. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Two Gentlmen of Verona:
      Than plural faith which is too much by one: Thou counterfeit to thy true friend!
  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, uncountable) The plural number.
    • 1895, William W. Goodwin, A Greek Grammar. Revised and enlarged., page 34:
      "There are three numbers; the singular, the dual, and the plural. [...] The dual is sometimes used to denote two objects, but even here the plural is more common."
  2. (grammar, countable) 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 for one item and plural for more than one item. Some languages also have a dual form for two, a trial form for three, or a paucal form for several (e.g. Fijian). Other languages do not distinguish any of these categories.
  • 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]

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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Adjective[edit]

plural (masculine and feminine plural plurals)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

Noun[edit]

plural m (plural plurals)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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

  1. plural, large

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Noun[edit]

plural m or f (plural plurais)

  1. plural
    Antonym: singular

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

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Adjective[edit]

plural (not comparable)

  1. pluralistic

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Maltese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

plural m

  1. (grammar) plural

Middle English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

plural

  1. Alternative form of plurelle

Occitan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Noun[edit]

plural m (plural plurals)

  1. plural

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

plural m or f (plural plurais, comparable)

  1. plural (consisting of more than one things)
    Antonym: singular

Noun[edit]

plural m (plural plurais)

  1. (grammar) plural (word referring to multiple things)
    Antonym: singular

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Further reading[edit]

  • plural” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

plùrāl m (Cyrillic spelling плу̀ра̄л)

  1. (uncountable) plural

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin plūrālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

plural (plural plurales)

  1. plural, multiple
    Antonym: singular

Noun[edit]

plural m (plural plurales)

  1. (grammar) plural
    Antonym: singular

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