Definition of plural in English:

plural

adjective

  • 1Grammar
    (of a word or form) denoting more than one, or (in languages with dual number) more than two.

    postpositive ‘the first person plural’
    • ‘I've corrected this post to reflect that ‘Sims’ is plural.’
    • ‘Kant's use of the first person plural is a device of a very special character.’
    • ‘The first person plural possessive pronoun ‘our’ is occasionally used in lieu of an article in order to denote a certain universality.’
    • ‘Lice is the plural form of louse.’
    • ‘The first and second words could be either plural nouns or singular-inflected verbs.’
    • ‘Conversely, Russian has a complex plural system in which the morphological markers for sets of two, three, and four differ from those for five through ten.’
    1. 1.1 More than one in number.
      ‘the meanings of the text are plural’
      • ‘The evolution of our society to one that is genuinely plural is moving at a snail's pace.’
      • ‘We will fight to the end to protect our multicultural, plural space.’
      • ‘More than a decade of plural politics, we should surely have something to be proud of, and the work that has so far gone in ensuring democratic elections on September 28, is such an achievement.’
      • ‘But given that the section was in practice likely to be focused on people who are indeed purporting to be living in plural marriages, it seems that the report was indeed suggesting that the ban on polygamy was illegal.’
      • ‘Maybe some form of plural executive is needed, such as they have in Switzerland.’
      • ‘Their memories of the past will necessarily be plural as well as conflicting, bringing with them both joy and sorrow, both rejoicing and mourning, both happiness as well as despondency.’
      • ‘It is always difficult for passionate moral minorities to operate in plural cultures because they have to learn to live alongside practices which they abominate.’
      • ‘Hence, Lebanon is still in need of history and religion curricula capable of addressing Lebanon's plural needs.’
      • ‘A religiously plural country like India throws up complex problems in a democratic set up.’
      • ‘Prosecutors have said that they investigated Green's marriages only after seeing him on several national television programmes talking about plural marriages.’
      • ‘This harmony of cultures was vital for the society's plural character.’
      • ‘Australia is demonstrably a religiously plural state.’
      • ‘Defying expectations that Western influences and urbanisation would gradually do away with plural marriages, polygamy is going strong among Muslims in parts of black West Africa.’
      • ‘The Utah-based Church in the late 19th century banned the practice of taking plural wives and ex-communicates members who practice polygamy.’
      • ‘Here he stressed Nehru's commitment to the emancipation of women and untouchables, to communal harmony and the maintenance of a united and plural India, and to the fostering of a socialist economics.’
  • 2Containing several diverse elements.

    ‘a plural society’
    • ‘Human diversities are widely plural and their histories complex.’
    • ‘The countrymen prefer a diverse and plural India.’
    • ‘In a country as diverse and plural as India, a wide range of demands are always going to arise that will have to be recognised, accommodated, and to some extent satisfied, if the polity is to survive.’
    • ‘But the concept that there is a person around whom we could all unite, who could articulate a vision to which we would all be willing to sign up flies in the face of any understanding of Australia as a plural, diverse democracy.’
    • ‘The pressing need of our age is to found a public sphere that would cherish subjectivity, where plural experiences of cultures would correspond to diverse inner lives.’
    • ‘The many migrations since the war have set Britain on the path to becoming a plural and diverse society.’

noun

Grammar
  • 1A plural word or form.

    ‘nouns with irregular plurals’
    • ‘A word whose plural is particularly problematic is octopus.’
    • ‘Participants were told that the solution words did not include foreign words, plurals, or proper names, and that they could use paper and pencils as aids.’
    • ‘Alumni is a masculine plural form; alumnae is the feminine plural.’
    • ‘"Contract " is singular, not plural.’
    • ‘Dwarf should definitely go in the category of final-f words with variable plurals.’
    • ‘Energy cannot be counted, and the plural of the word is not in common use.’
    • ‘The plural of loaf is loaves, the plural of thief is thieves.’
    1. 1.1the plural The plural number.
      ‘the verb is in the plural’
      • ‘Likewise, the King regularly calls the disputants, his subjects, thou in the singular and you in the plural.’
      • ‘In the plural, they can refer to members of the person's family.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French plurel or Latin pluralis, from plus, plur- ‘more’.

Pronunciation

plural

/ˈplʊər(ə)l/