When you tack an "s" onto the end of words to denote that there are multiple items (such as books instead of book), then adding an s is an example of a symbol of plurality.
When you have 20 dogs and cats in your home, this is an example of a time when you have a plurality of animals.
When there are three candidates for president and one gets 30 votes and each of the other two get 29 each, then this is an example of a plurality of one.
A plurality of ideas were put forth at the meeting, most of which were rejected out of hand.
Origin of plurality
- Middle English, from Old French pluralitÃ© (“multitude, state of being plural"), from Latin plÅ«rÄlitÄs.