A multitude is a very large number or a huge crowd. If you see a multitude of zombies approaching, you're in trouble.

Sometimes the word multitude refers to the common people, or the masses — that is, everyone in a society apart from the political elite. There are a lot of words and phrases for this, like hoi polloi, which is Greek for "the many," and "the great unwashed." Those last two terms are usually used in a disapproving way, but multitudes is generally a positive term. If you were to say that a leader inspired the multitudes to rise up against their oppressor, we'd assume that you sympathized with the multitudes.

Definitions of multitude
  1. noun
    a large indefinite number
    “a multitude of TV antennas”
    synonyms: battalion, large number, pack, plurality
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    type of:
    large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
  2. noun
    a large gathering of people
    synonyms: concourse, throng
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    a teeming multitude
    horde, host, legion
    a vast multitude
    herd, ruck
    a crowd especially of ordinary or undistinguished persons or things
    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  3. noun
    the common people generally
    synonyms: hoi polloi, mass, masses, people, the great unwashed
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    laity, temporalty
    in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
    the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment
    followers, following
    a group of followers or enthusiasts
    the audience reached by written communications (books or magazines or newspapers etc.)
    TV audience, viewers, viewing audience
    the audience reached by television
    a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance
    any loyal and steadfast following
    the fans of a sport or famous person
    type of:
    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
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