Crossword clues for plural
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
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.
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.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., from Old French plurel "more than one" (12c., Modern French pluriel), from Latin pluralis "of or belonging to more than one," from plus (genitive pluris) "more" (see plus). The noun meaning "a plural number" is from late 14c.
a. 1 Consisting of or containing more than one of something. 2 (context comparable English) pluralistic. n. (context grammar English): a word in the form in which it potentially refers to something other than one person or thing; and other than two things if the language has a ''dual'' form.
adj. grammatical number category referring to two or more items or units [ant: singular]
The plural, in many languages, is one of the values of the grammatical category of number. Plural of nouns typically denote a quantity other than the default quantity represented by a noun, which is generally one (the form that represents this default quantity is said to be of singular number). Most commonly, therefore, plurals are used to denote two or more of something, although they may also denote more than fractional, zero or negative amounts. An example of a plural is the English word cats, which corresponds to the singular cat.
Some languages also have a dual (denoting exactly two of something) or other systems of number categories. However, in English and many other languages, singular and plural are the only grammatical numbers, except for possible remnants of the dual in pronouns such as both and either.
Usage examples of "plural".
Our second person plural is liable to misconstruction by an ardent mind.
In most other countries the propertyless were disqualified or plural votes were given to taxpayers, university graduates and fathers of families.
LotR-style form of Quenya may opt for the forms with double plural marking.
A feature of nouns, pronouns, and a few verbs, referring to singular or plural.
We have a few examples of this plural in our scarce source material, but they are not very helpful.
I will not construct any exercises involving the plural form of the possessive and instrumental cases.
No comment on how high it went, but judges, plural, were sure to be indicted.
Tolkien changed the rules for how the plural form of adjectives is constructed.
It could be that in both instances, the case ending is not added to the adjective because the adjectival plural inflection and the case inflection would somehow collide.
In early sources, adjectives in -a form their plural form by adding the ending -r, just like nouns in -a do.
This way of forming plural adjectives was still valid as late as 1937 or slightly earlier.
In this poem, adjectives in -a form their plurals by means of the ending -i.
Later, Tolkien however introduced one more complication: Adjectives in -a had plurals in -ai in archaic Quenya only.
As for adjectives in -ë, they seem to behave like most nouns of the same shape: -ë becomes -i in the plural.
Evidently the plural form was especially mentioned primarily to illustrate another point: that adjectives in -itë have plural forms in -isi, the consonant t turning into s before i.