An example of plural used as an adjective is the phrase plural meanings which is when there is more than one meaning for a word.
- of, including, or consisting of more than one; specif., heterogeneous: a plural society
- designating or of marriage among three or more persons
- Gram. designating or of the category of number that refers to more than one person or thing, or in languages having dual number, more than two
Origin of pluralMiddle English ; from Classical Latin pluralis ; from plus (gen. pluris), more: see plus
- the plural number
- the plural form of a word
- a word in plural form
- Relating to or composed of more than one member, set, or kind: the plural meanings of a text; a plural society.
- Grammar Of or being a grammatical form that designates more than one of the things specified.
- The plural number or form.
- A word or term in the plural form.
Origin of pluralMiddle English plurel, from Old French, from Latin pl&umacron;ralis, from pl&umacron;s, pl&umacron;r-, more; see pel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more plural, superlative most plural)
- Consisting of or containing more than one of something.
- (comparable) Pluralistic.
- (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.
- 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.