mul·ti·tude (mŭltĭ-td′, -tyd′)
1. A very great number.
2. The masses; the populace: the concerns of the multitude.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin multitūdō, from multus, many; see mel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: multitude, army, host2, legion
These nouns denote a large number of people or things that have some attribute in common or that operate together as a larger unit: a multitude of stars in the sky; an army of ants; a host of problems; a legion of complaints.
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