Dictionary Meaning and Definition on '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 \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 \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.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Plural'
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.[See more about Plural at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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