|Origin:||Latin multitudo, from multus; MULTI-|
1 formal or literary
a very large number of people or things:
I had never seen such a multitude of stars before.
a multitude of possible interpretations
ordinary people, especially when they are thought of as not being very well educated:
Political power has been placed in the hands of the multitude.
3 literary or biblical
a large crowd of people:
Clamoring multitudes demanded a view of the Pope.
to make faults or problems seem less clear or noticeable - used humorously:
Patterned carpet can hide a multitude of sins (=the carpet is dirty, but the pattern hides it).