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

While the rest of the seven kingdoms anxiously awaits this Sunday’s return of Game of Thrones, the Stark sisters have been busy making their international red carpet rounds to celebrate the new season’s premiere. Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner Attend "Game of Thrones" Belfast Premiere," 13 Apr. 2019 On top of that, when the Rock 'n Play was launched it was excluded from infant sleep product safety standards set forth by ASTM (an international organization that establishes standards for products and services). Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the 2019 Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper "Recall"," 9 Apr. 2019 She is credited with sparking an international trend with her corsage bow brooch and with her penchant for nature themed jewels: roses, feathers, vine leaves. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A 40-Carat Diamond Ring with Ties to the French Royal Family Was Just Recovered by Police in Paris," 8 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, in a total surprise, K-pop’s breakthrough band BTS continued its international success story, receiving its first Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package for the Love Yourself: Tear album. Aja Romano, Vox, "Grammy nominations 2019: Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack and Drake lead the pack," 7 Feb. 2019 Nearly 79 million of Netflix’s total of 137 million subscribers are international, according to a recent earnings report. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Netflix is testing cheaper mobile-only subscription tiers," 14 Nov. 2018 The Weekly Standard, first published in September 1995 by News Corp, has provided both national and international coverage, and attracted some of the country’s leading conservative journalists. Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, "Conservative Magazine Weekly Standard to Close After 23-Year Run," 14 Dec. 2018 The global delivery giant said softening macroeconomic conditions and weaker global trade trends continue to harm its international shipping business. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "FedEx Lowers Outlook as Express Unit Struggles," 19 Mar. 2019 Walmart’s international business, which accounts for about 24 percent of its total revenue and rang up $120.8 billion in sales for its latest fiscal year ended Jan. 31, has seen choppy growth. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK regulator casts doubt on Sainsbury’s-Asda merger," 20 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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