Definition of myriad in English:



  • 1A countless or extremely great number of people or things:

    ‘myriads of insects danced around the light above my head’
    • ‘These and the thousands of similar stanzas have been recited by myriads of Arabs for hundreds of years.’
    • ‘These trades churned out in ever more massive quantities a myriad of small objects for personal and domestic adornment and use.’
    • ‘Africa starts with 53 nations loaded with a myriad of problems and needs.’
    • ‘I have a host of acquaintances, a myriad of contacts, but no one besides Lucas I can call a real friend.’
    • ‘Healthy, well-cared for long locks are not only extremely gorgeous, they offer a myriad of styling options.’
    • ‘News that two young East Yorkshire men are set to become dot com millionaires will provoke a myriad of reactions.’
    • ‘For a while it was uncomfortable outdoors because of the myriads of tiny flying insects.’
    • ‘Between these extremes are a myriad of topics that might work if properly presented.’
    • ‘Hundreds of events have been organised including a myriad of workshops, themed walks, concerts, performances and films.’
    • ‘The Civil War has generated a myriad of publications that address the interests of its devotees.’
    • ‘But there are a myriad of issues to be resolved next.’
    • ‘There are countless types available in a myriad of colors, shapes, and sizes.’
    • ‘I now do my computer work surrounded by my small garden and myriads of trees in all directions.’
    • ‘There are countless different religions claiming a myriad of truths.’
    • ‘A myriad of historic details adds to the story's verisimilitude.’
    • ‘These databases are usually spread across a myriad of tables sharing multiple relationships.’
    • ‘Cook and his crew marvelled at the dense forests and the myriads of birds as they sailed along this coast.’
    • ‘Again, water surges from the dark cave under the myriads of mountains.’
    • ‘From the earliest days of childhood, the brain is subjected to a myriad of input, from countless sources.’
    • ‘They jumped over countless hedges and a myriad of small streams and barbed wire, all set up to prevent what was happening now.’
    multitude, a great number, a great quantity, a large number, a large quantity, a lot, scores, quantities, mass, crowd, throng, host, droves, horde, army, legion, sea, swarm
    lots, loads, masses, stacks, tons, oodles, hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, zillions, more ... than one can shake a stick at
    slew, gazillions, bazillions, gobs
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  • 2(chiefly in classical history) a unit of ten thousand:

    ‘the army was organized on a decimal system, up to divisions of 10,000 or myriads’


  • 1Countless or extremely great in number:

    ‘he gazed at the myriad lights of the city’
    • ‘Suspended from the ceiling, and casting the only light in the room, were myriad red lanterns constructed from the same silk to suggest various familiar objects.’
    • ‘The ongoing debate over gay marriage has evoked myriad opinions from numerous points of reference.’
    • ‘Their story is one of the myriad untold stories about this country.’
    • ‘Check out the myriad DIY lighting systems available in local garden centres and DIY stores for this very purpose.’
    • ‘James could have picked any one of the myriad number of small towns to relocate to, but he was secretly hoping to see Charlotte again.’
    • ‘The reasons for their hesitancy are myriad - as diverse as the facilities themselves.’
    • ‘It's a global cookbook, providing myriad rice recipes from a diverse set of cooking traditions.’
    • ‘It misses the point that we are indeed multi-faceted creatures, driven by myriad goals, desires and values.’
    • ‘Ham radios can send messages on multiple channels and in myriad ways, including Morse code, microwave frequencies and even email.’
    • ‘Your week's best strategy would be focussing those myriad abilities on one primary project, rather than dividing and scattering them over a dozen different endeavours.’
    • ‘The scenery surrounding me was so picturesque, so grand that it took my breath away even though I'd seen it a myriad number of times before.’
    • ‘The games seem simple, but the myriad ways of betting and sheer number of games to play can be daunting.’
    • ‘Lighted candles of myriad colors gathered in a large circle, and a stick of incense stood in the center.’
    • ‘By contrast, the compounds of calcium have a myriad number of uses.’
    • ‘As they approached the facility, Peter could tell how large the entire installation was by the myriad lights scattered across the compound.’
    • ‘All in all, the myriad choices offer extreme varieties for the look of your character - making it almost certain that your look will be unique.’
    • ‘On our visit the restaurant was decked out for the festive season, with myriad glinting fairy lights and the obligatory sprinkling of canned snow around the windows.’
    • ‘Explaining what a card is to a blackjack computer given the myriad number of possible designs is not easy.’
    • ‘Both men eagerly explored and shared their myriad talents with all those fortunate enough to know them as family members, friends, colleagues and students.’
    • ‘Almost certainly, the causes are myriad and varied.’
    innumerable, countless, infinite, numberless, unlimited, untold, limitless, unnumbered, immeasurable, multitudinous, numerous, manifold, multiple, legion, several, many, various, sundry, diverse, multifarious
    innumerous, unnumberable
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    1. 1.1 Having countless or very many elements or aspects:
      ‘the myriad political scene’
      • ‘These include a myriad assortment of insects, arachnids, rodents, and the occasional raccoon.’
      • ‘In the evening I hang out with a myriad assortment of interesting characters.’
      various, many and various, sundry, manifold, multiple
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Mid 16th century (in myriad): via late Latin from Greek murias, muriad-, from murioi 10,000.