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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [mas]
    • /mæs/
    • /mæs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mas]
    • /mæs/

Definitions of masses word

  • noun masses the celebration of the Eucharist. Compare High Mass, Low Mass. 1
  • noun masses (sometimes lowercase) a musical setting of certain parts of this service, as the Kyrie eleison, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, and Agnus Dei. 1
  • adjective masses pertaining to, involving, or affecting a large number of people: mass unemployment; mass migrations; mass murder. 1
  • adjective masses participated in or performed by a large number of people, especially together in a group: mass demonstrations; mass suicide. 1
  • adjective masses pertaining to, involving, or characteristic of the mass of the people: the mass mind; a movie designed to appeal to a mass audience. 1
  • adjective masses reaching or designed to reach a large number of people: television, newspapers, and other means of mass communication. 1

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Origin of masses

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English masse < Latin massa mass < Greek mâza barley cake, akin to mássein to knead

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Parts of speech for Masses


masses popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

masses usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for masses

noun masses

  • proletariat — the class of wage earners, especially those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on daily or casual employment; the working class.
  • riffraff — people, or a group of people, regarded as disreputable or worthless: a pack of riffraff.
  • rabble — a tool or mechanically operated device used for stirring or mixing a charge in a roasting furnace.
  • mob — Digital Technology. (in a video game) a hostile nonplayer character that the player may target and fight.
  • commonalty — the ordinary people as distinct from those with authority, rank, or title, esp when considered as a political and social unit or estate of the realm

adjective masses

  • plenty — a full or abundant supply or amount: There is plenty of time.

adverb masses

  • a lot — lot (def 14).

Antonyms for masses

noun masses

  • elite — A group of people considered to be the best in a particular society or category, esp. because of their power, talent, or wealth.

Top questions with masses

  • how to find molar masses?
  • how to calculate molar masses?

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