in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al | \ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nəl, -ˈna-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of international 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or affecting two or more nations international trade

2 : of, relating to, or constituting a group or association having members in two or more nations international movement

3 : active, known, or reaching beyond national boundaries an international reputation



Definition of international (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from international


internationality \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌna-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē \ noun
internationally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​lē , -​ˈna-​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Synonyms for international

Synonyms: Adjective

foreign, multinational, transnational

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Examples of international in a Sentence


an international association of chemists She has achieved international fame.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The 2018 World Cup is one of the first major international tournaments to generate excitement amongst England fans since the 1990s., "How Social Media Helped Create a Positive Atmosphere for England to Thrive in During World Cup Run," 12 July 2018 After paying penalties during the international signing period to bigger draft signing bonuses, some of that money can shift toward the Major League roster. Bobby Nightengale,, "Dick Williams: Cincinnati Reds planning to increase Major League payroll for 2019 season," 9 July 2018 None of them ever went on to win a major international tournament. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium’s Golden Generation Delivers on Promise With a Run to World Cup Semifinal," 6 July 2018 On a recent day a security guard patrolled the grounds with a shotgun, watching over what’s left of the private club and golf course that hosted seven international tournaments on the PGA Latin America Tour, the most recent coming in March. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Green grass, black lava at Guatemala golf club," 3 July 2018 The international signing period runs from July 2 through June 15 of 2019. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners announce the signing of nine international free agents, including touted shortstop Noelvi Marte," 2 July 2018 The team opened the international signing period by agreeing to terms with six players, according to multiple reports. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers reportedly sign 2 top 20 international free agents," 2 July 2018 The soccer World Cup isn’t the only international sport tournament out there: there’s also the 2019 basketball World Cup coming up. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Basketball Game Devolves Into a Massive On-Court Brawl," 2 July 2018 Monday is a big day in baseball as farm systems get another boost when the annual international signing period opens. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: It's July, and Rangers have some restocking to do," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The England international has made just nine starts for Spurs this season, losing his place to Welshman Ben Davies., "Could've Done Better: Picking an Underperforming XI From the 2017/18 Premier League Season," 17 May 2018 The latter of the two Serbia internationals has been heavily linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico this summer, with Manchester Unitedand Real Madridreportedly going toe to toe for his signature this summer., "'Straight Swap': Liverpool Fans Call on Club to Offer Marko Grujic in Exchange for Serie A Star," 13 June 2018 Brentford manager Dean Smith is also in the running to take the top job at Derby but the former England international is thought to be ahead of him in the running to replace Rowett, with the Rams looking for a sixth manager in the last five years., "Chelsea Legend Frank Lampard Emerges as Shock Contender to Takeover at Derby County," 24 May 2018 Nine players including Portugal internationals at the World Cup Rui Patricio, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins have broken their deals with the club since the horrific attack. Afp,, "Sporting president de Carvalho to quit after fan vote," 24 June 2018 Salah's torrent of goals has prompted Liverpool fans to come up with a number of songs to honor the Egyptian international's feats this season. Henry Young & Becky Anderson, CNN, "Mohammad Salah: 'There's something very special about playing for Liverpool'," 12 Apr. 2018 In the second half, Austria looked the side that had won their last six internationals, with David Alaba going close, before the Bayern Munich left back had a hand in their stunning equaliser., "Austria 2-1 Germany: Spirited Second Half Performance From Hosts Stuns World Cup Holders in Friendly," 2 June 2018 Santos also ranks experienced internationals highly, assuming a particular national team isn’t already in decline because the players are getting old. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Find out who the 2018 World Cup winner will be — today!," 22 May 2018 Meanwhile, a decision on Lukaku's availability will be made late on Saturday afternoon as the Red Devils continue to assess the Belgium internationals ability to start after sustaining an ankle injury last month., "Jose Mourinho Reinstates Star Man for FA Cup Final But Admits Striker Fitness Worries," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of international


1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1870, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of international

: involving two or more countries : occurring between countries

: made up of people or groups from different countries

: active or known in many countries


in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al | \ˌin-tər-ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of international

1 : involving two or more nations : occurring between nations international trade

2 : active or known in many nations an international celebrity

Other Words from international

internationally adverb The soccer game was televised internationally.

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