Definition of myriad in English:



  • 1A countless or extremely great number.

    ‘networks connecting a myriad of computers’
    • ‘These trades churned out in ever more massive quantities a myriad of small objects for personal and domestic adornment and use.’
    • ‘From the earliest days of childhood, the brain is subjected to a myriad of input, from countless sources.’
    • ‘I now do my computer work surrounded by my small garden and myriads of trees in all directions.’
    • ‘Cook and his crew marvelled at the dense forests and the myriads of birds as they sailed along this coast.’
    • ‘Healthy, well-cared for long locks are not only extremely gorgeous, they offer a myriad of styling options.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are countless different religions claiming a myriad of truths.’
    • ‘Between these extremes are a myriad of topics that might work if properly presented.’
    • ‘I have a host of acquaintances, a myriad of contacts, but no one besides Lucas I can call a real friend.’
    • ‘Africa starts with 53 nations loaded with a myriad of problems and needs.’
    • ‘For a while it was uncomfortable outdoors because of the myriads of tiny flying insects.’
    • ‘These and the thousands of similar stanzas have been recited by myriads of Arabs for hundreds of years.’
    • ‘Hundreds of events have been organised including a myriad of workshops, themed walks, concerts, performances and films.’
    • ‘These databases are usually spread across a myriad of tables sharing multiple relationships.’
    • ‘They jumped over countless hedges and a myriad of small streams and barbed wire, all set up to prevent what was happening now.’
    • ‘A myriad of historic details adds to the story's verisimilitude.’
    • ‘News that two young East Yorkshire men are set to become dot com millionaires will provoke a myriad of reactions.’
    • ‘Again, water surges from the dark cave under the myriads of mountains.’
    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
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  • 2(chiefly in classical history) a unit of ten thousand.


  • 1Countless or extremely great in number.

    ‘the myriad lights of the city’
    • ‘The ongoing debate over gay marriage has evoked myriad opinions from numerous points of reference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It misses the point that we are indeed multi-faceted creatures, driven by myriad goals, desires and values.’
    • ‘Explaining what a card is to a blackjack computer given the myriad number of possible designs is not easy.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Their story is one of the myriad untold stories about this country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ham radios can send messages on multiple channels and in myriad ways, including Morse code, microwave frequencies and even email.’
    • ‘The games seem simple, but the myriad ways of betting and sheer number of games to play can be daunting.’
    • ‘Both men eagerly explored and shared their myriad talents with all those fortunate enough to know them as family members, friends, colleagues and students.’
    • ‘Check out the myriad DIY lighting systems available in local garden centres and DIY stores for this very purpose.’
    • ‘Lighted candles of myriad colors gathered in a large circle, and a stick of incense stood in the center.’
    • ‘It's a global cookbook, providing myriad rice recipes from a diverse set of cooking traditions.’
    • ‘The reasons for their hesitancy are myriad - as diverse as the facilities themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As they approached the facility, Peter could tell how large the entire installation was by the myriad lights scattered across the compound.’
    • ‘Almost certainly, the causes are myriad and varied.’
    • ‘By contrast, the compounds of calcium have a myriad number of uses.’
    innumerable, countless, infinite, numberless, unlimited, untold, limitless, unnumbered, immeasurable, multitudinous, numerous, manifold, multiple, legion, several, many, various, sundry, diverse, multifarious
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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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Myriad is derived from a Greek noun and adjective meaning ‘ten thousand.’ It was first used in English as a noun in reference to a great but indefinite number. The adjectival sense of ‘countless, innumerable’ appeared much later. In modern English, use of myriad as a noun and adjective are equally standard and correct, despite the fact that some traditionalists consider the adjective as the only acceptable use of the word


Mid 16th century (in myriad (sense 2 of the noun)): via late Latin from Greek murias, muriad-, from murioi ‘10,000’.