Definition of myriad in English:

myriad

noun

  • 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
    shedload
    slew, gazillions, bazillions, gobs
    swag
    shitload
    assload
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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’

adjective

  • 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
    divers
    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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Origin

Mid 16th century (in myriad): via late Latin from Greek murias, muriad-, from murioi 10,000.

Pronunciation:

myriad

/ˈmɪrɪəd/