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

n a large indefinite number

“a multitude of TV antennas”
battalion, large number, pack, plurality
Type of:
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

n a large gathering of people

concourse, throng
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

n the common people generally

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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