in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce international (audio) , -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 How to pronounce internationality (audio) \ noun
internationally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​lē How to pronounce internationally (audio) , -​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

Hello! noted that the pair sported matching bracelets while others synced up Meghan's international Instagram posts with Harry's busy travel schedule. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A Timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Relationship," 8 May 2019 At 21 years old, Aden has posed for magazine covers, walked down international runways, broken barriers for her fellow hijabi models and women (check the latest Sports Illustrated issue), and been named a UNICEF ambassador. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Interview: Halima Aden Explains Why Her Gorgeous New Headscarf Collection Isn't Just for Hijabis," 30 Apr. 2019 As the paper further explained, Sir David Manning, who is the former British ambassador to the U.S., as well as a special adviser on constitutional and international affairs to both Prince Harry and Prince William, is spearheading the plan. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reportedly Might Be Moving to Africa," 21 Apr. 2019 The international tabloid media apparently can’t handle this. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "I Wrote About Having Sex After 40 and It Literally Became International Tabloid News," 26 Apr. 2019 Prince Harry's wife starred on seven seasons of the hit TV show Suits, managed her own lifestyle brand The Tig, and double-majored in theatre and international studies at Northwestern University. Marrying a prince? Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Meghan Markle's Net Worth?," 16 Apr. 2019 Saudi Arabia has detained at least eight more people, including two U.S. citizens, who pressed for women’s rights in the highly conservative kingdom, deepening a crackdown on political opponents despite international criticism. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Detains More Activists Despite International Criticism," 5 Apr. 2019 But Israel has come under heavy international criticism for the large number of unarmed people who have been harmed. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Rockets from Gaza Strip hit Israel; 4 die at border protest," 31 Mar. 2019 But as China tightened its video game rules this year and Tencent has struggled to adapt, the company has turned its sights on the international market instead, especially as Fortnite reportedly raked in $3 billion in profits this year. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China lifts video game ban but not for its biggest player," 29 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When Ferguson retired in May 2013, the former England international hung up his boots for the second time after making 716 appearances for United. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Scholes the latest of United’s Class of 92 to enter coaching," 11 Feb. 2019 Giroud’s goal was his 35th in internationals, leaving him France’s outright third highest-scoring player ahead of David Trezeguet. Steve Douglas, The Seattle Times, "Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England," 25 Mar. 2019 The 40 women, some of whom are current and former internationals, are presently taking part in a 12-day trek of Jordan which will conclude with the a 90-minute, 11-a-side match at the hot and humid Dead Sea. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Female footballers to attempt record-breaking match for equality," 4 Apr. 2018 PSG’s defense must cope with speed, skill and power when facing internationals Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game," 10 Feb. 2019 Croatia will be unable to replace the striker who has 15 goals in 41 internationals in accordance with FIFA regulations., "'The Same Respect is Needed': Milan Badelj Backs Manager After Teammate Sent Home From World Cup," 20 June 2018 Despite 31 goals in 69 internationals, Higuain has not played for Argentina for nine months but is part of the squad due to face Italy in a World Cup warm-up friendly in Manchester on Friday. Afp,, "Higuain reveals ill mother convinced him out of retirement," 21 Mar. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce international (audio) \

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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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