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What’s the Plural of Index?

The plural of index (a Latin noun) is indexes or indices, though indices is the original, Latin plural form.

What’s the plural of “index”?

Indices/indexes in sentences.

The noun index accepts two plural forms, indices and indexes. Generally speaking, indices is the preferred plural when referring to the stock market index, as in ‘stock-market indices show a steady decrease’. To refer to the list of topics in a book, indexes is preferred.

Is it indices or indexes?

Index accepts both as plurals. That said, the regular plural form (indexes), which uses –es to denote a plural, is more commonly used in language today. Indices uses the original Latin suffix to show a plural, which uses –ices for singular nouns that end in -ex (e.g., appendix/appendices).

What’s an index? What’s the definition of index?

Merriam-Webster (modern day Noah Webster) defines the word index as:

A list (as of bibliographical information or citations to a body of literature) arranged usually in alphabetical order of some specified datum (such as author, subject, or keyword): such as:

a). a list of items (such as topics or names) treated in a printed work that gives for each item the page number where it may be found

b). a list of publicly traded companies and their stock prices

c). a bibliographical analysis of groups of publications that is usually published periodically. Index finger refers to your pointing finger, and is the ‘second digit’ of a pointing hand.

Irregular nouns that end in -ex/-ix and -ces/-xes

Irregular nouns that end in -ex/-ix often convert to –ces/-xes as a plural. This is a characteristic of Latin words. See the chart:

indexindexes and indices
matrixmatrices and matrixes
appendixappendices or appendexes
codexcodices or codexes
vortexvortices or vortexes
vertexvertices or vertexes
apexapices or apexes

“Index”, singular & plural, used in sentences

“Index” (singular) used in sentences
A numbered index card was stationed beside each item.

The invoices section index page shows a list of all invoices within the system.

A death index for Newayago County can be found through the Fremont Library.

She touched one with her index finger.
“Indices” / “indexes” (plural) used in sentences
A volume of elaborate indices was edited by I.

As these indices represent discontinuous data, it would be preferable to use the negative binomial or the Poisson distribution.

Shadows were used as indices of the sun’s position, in combination with angular divisions.

In the same way, by dividing by powers of so we may get negative indices.

Index synonyms

  • catalogue
  • list
  • record
  • file
  • schedule

Origin of the word index

From etymonline on index:

“The forefinger,” from Latin index (genitive indicis) “one who points out, discloser, discoverer, informer; forefinger (because used in pointing); pointer, sign; title, inscription, list,” literally “anything which points out,” from indicare “to point out,” from in- “into, in, on, upon”.

Read on other topics in grammar


  1. Definition of index finger.
  2. Definition of index.
  3. Synonyms for index.
  4. Index sentence examples.
  5. Origin on index.

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