Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid 19th century
Having or open to many different meanings, interpretations, or applications.
Examples of Multivocal in a sentence
"The issue was truly multivocal, giving the scientists multiple possible solutions."
"Since one of the math problems was multivocal, the teacher decided to give the point to every student."
Popularity Over Time
Multivocal developed from the Latin word "multivocus" (expressed by many words) by way of poet, critic, and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Did you Know?
If you encounter a word that is multivocal, you are looking at a homonym. Homonyms are often spelled and pronounced alike, but have different meanings — such as aunt and ant, byte and bite, and flow and floe.