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Plural Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    plural adj : grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units [ant: singular] n : the form of a word that is used to denote more than one [syn: plural form] [ant: singular]
Plural Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Plural \Plu"ral\, a. [L. pluralis, from plus, pluris, more; cf. F. pluriel, OF. plurel. See Plus.] Relating to, or containing, more than one; designating two or more; as, a plural word. Plural faith, which is too much by one. --Shak. Plural number (Gram.), the number which designates more than one. See Number, n., 8.
Plural Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Plural \Plu"ral\, n. (Gram.) The plural number; that form of a word which expresses or denotes more than one; a word in the plural form.
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In linguistics, plurality or plural is a concept of quantity (i.e., grammatical number) representing a value of more-than-one. Typically applied to nouns, a plural word or marker (morpheme) is used distinguish a value other than the default quantity of a noun, which is typically one. Plurality is a linguistic universal, represented variously among the languages as a separate word (free morpheme), an affix (bound morpheme), or by other morphological indications such as stress or implicit markers/context.

In the English language, singular and plural are the only usual grammatical numbers, with minor dual exceptions ("both", "twice", "either", etc.)

A plural is commonly abbreviated pl. in dictionaries. In part-of-speech tagging it has other notation which distinguish different types of plurals based on the grammatical and semantic context.

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* The plural of anecdote is data. - Ben J. Wattenberg


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