multi- comb. form of L. multus much, many; the earliest comps. in Eng. are multiformity, multiloquy (XVI) talkativeness, multifarious (XVII) many and various (L. -fāriam adv.), and the el. becomes prolific later, esp. in techn. use, e.g. multilateral, multinomial (after BINOMIAL) XVII; an ex. of the gen. use is multi-millionaire (XIX).
multi- • comb. form more than one; many, esp. variegated: multicolor multicultural.
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