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in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al ˌin-tər-ˈna-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce international (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting two or more nations
international trade
: of, relating to, or constituting a group or association having members in two or more nations
international movement
: active, known, or reaching beyond national boundaries
an international reputation
internationality noun
internationally adverb


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: one that is international
especially : an organization of international scope

Examples of international in a Sentence

Adjective an international association of chemists She has achieved international fame.
Recent Examples on the Web
North Korea, which bought licenses for Soviet weaponry in the 1960s, quickly began producing weapons at a huge scale not only for its considerable domestic demand following the Korean War armistice but also for international trade. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 The awards, which encompass six categories – two for artists and four for industry players – honor those who have impacted the growth of country music in the international marketplace. Paul Grein, Billboard, 13 Sep. 2023 The rivalry between Portland and Seattle was instant, and the one between Sinclair and Rapinoe was already there from battles on the international stage between the U.S. and Canada. oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2023 But either buying arms from or providing rocket technology to North Korea would violate international sanctions that Russia has supported in the past. Kim Tong-Hyung and Dasha Litvinova, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2023 No definitive conclusion as to COVID's origins has yet been determined by the American intelligence or international public health bodies who have probed for answers. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 13 Sep. 2023 The beagles are typically in Terminal D as international flights come into DFW, but can randomly scan other areas of the airport. Alexandra Skores, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2023 Sayers and others may have been better novelists, but Christie’s palette was uniquely vast and surprisingly fearless — from deeply domestic village murders to international conspiracies, often designed to remind us that the threat of fascism is always with us. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 In the film and TV space, the duo have produced award-winning feature films for large international streamers, with Fox and Dorani writing and directing. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023
In addition to Dembele, the Parisians have also brought in another fellow France international in Lucas Hernandez, Goncalo Ramos, Manuel Ugarte, Kang-in Lee and Milan Skriniar among others. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2023 Today, Splendour is the only midwinter camping festival of its kind in Australia, and a place where internationals and homegrown performers have been known to test new cuts live for the very first time. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 12 Apr. 2023 Among the latter is Folarin Balogun, a tri-national forward who played for four English youth national teams before committing to the U.S. as a senior international. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2023 When the regular season came to an end, international players led the league in points per game and rebounds, and internationals have won the Most Valuable Player award for each of the past five seasons. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 3 May 2023 Signed for £80m, the England international is frequently ponderous on the ball and is prone to mistakes. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 Balogun, 21, scored 20 goals for Reims in France’s Ligue 1 this season, becoming the first U.S. international to score at least 20 times in a top-flight European league. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2023 Eight minutes later Antony repaid the favour, setting Fernandes up on the edge of the penalty area, only for the Portuguese international to blast a wild shot high over the crossbar. Sam Pilger, Forbes, 5 May 2023 The international still does it behind closed doors. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 30 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of international was in 1780

Dictionary Entries Near international

Cite this Entry

“International.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al ˌint-ər-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce international (audio)
: of, relating to, affecting, or involving two or more nations
international trade
: active, known, or reaching beyond national boundaries
an international reputation
-ˈnash-nə-lē How to pronounce international (audio)


2 of 2 noun
: an organization having branches in more than one country

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