Multitude is defined as many.
An example of a multitude is a crowd of thousands gathered for a concert.
- the quality or state of being numerous, or many
- [often pl.] a large number of persons or things, esp. when gathered together or considered as a unit; host, myriad, etc.
- the masses: preceded by the
Origin of multitudeOld French from Classical Latin multitudo from multus, many: see multi-
- A very great number.
- The masses; the populace: the concerns of the multitude.
Origin of multitudeMiddle English from Old French from Latin multitūdō from multus many ; see mel-2 in Indo-European roots.
multitude host 2legion army
These nouns all denote a very great number of people or things. Multitude is the most general term: a multitude of reasons. Host and legion both stress impressively, sometimes countlessly large numbers: a host of ideas; a legion of complaints. Army emphasizes order and often purposeful association: an army of ants.