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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internationality \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌna-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce international (audio) \ noun
internationally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​lē How to pronounce international (audio) , -​ˈna-​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Synonyms for international

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of international in a Sentence

Adjective an international association of chemists She has achieved international fame.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Before the coronavirus struck, New Orleans had steadily increased its number of international flights. Anthony Mcauley | Staff Writer,, "International flights eye return to New Orleans airport; see when, which ones," 16 Jan. 2021 Long-haul international flights, which gross big frequent flyer miles, are also mostly closed down. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines extends Companion Passes as airlines try to hold onto frequent flyers," 15 Jan. 2021 The incident occurred in the popular tourist district of Isla Verde on one of the U.S. territory's busiest highways near the island's main international airport, causing a severe traffic jam. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "3 police officers killed in Puerto Rico after carjacking," 11 Jan. 2021 Even with defenses in place, Beijing is already tackling its own outbreak in the capital's Shunyi district, site of the international airport. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "‘Political moat’: China locks down 11 million to insulate Beijing from new COVID outbreak," 11 Jan. 2021 Soleimani was killed in a Jan. 3, 2020, drone strike outside of Baghdad’s international airport. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Severe revenge': Top Iranian official warns Soleimani killers 'will not be safe on Earth'," 2 Jan. 2021 Federal regulations require airline pilots to report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention any deaths or illnesses aboard interstate and international flights, and in March, the CDC updated its guidance reminding pilots of that duty. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Coughing, sneezing, vomiting: Visibly ill people aren’t being kept off planes," 1 Jan. 2021 According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the fashion industry is responsible for more carbon emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. San Francisco Chronicle, "Neutral Ground is on a mission to make vintage modern — and more inclusive," 1 Jan. 2021 Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman halted international flights and closed borders for a week. Zainab Fattah,, "Oman to Reopen Airport, Borders on Tuesday After Mutation Scare," 27 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Coman, a French international, guided his header into the bottom corner to add yet another trophy to his cabinet. Ben Church, CNN, "Bayern Munich beats Paris Saint-Germain to win the Champions League," 23 Aug. 2020 The England international dually obliged to put his side up 3-0 and went straight to Fernandes to celebrate. Ben Church, CNN, "Bruno Fernandes scores stunning goal in Manchester United win but denies himself chance of a hat trick," 25 Nov. 2020 Luis Suarez -- Messi's friend and strike partner -- was among those seen arriving at the Ciutat Esportiva training ground, despite reports that the Uruguayan international is not part of Koeman's plans for the new season. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Lionel Messi skips medical as La Liga sides with Barcelona over contract dispute," 30 Aug. 2020 Manchester United went into this transfer window apparently desperately wanting to sign a right winger, specifically Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, but despite pursuing the England international for months, the 20-year-old remains in Germany. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Scattergun transfers raise questions about Manchester United strategy," 6 Oct. 2020 The England international also spoke of the emotions at meeting some of the families that were helped by his earlier campaign. Matias Grez, CNN, "Marcus Rashford launches taskforce to continue fight against UK child poverty," 1 Sep. 2020 The Danish international joined the London club on Tuesday, signing a three-year-deal having spent three and a half years at Wolfsburg. Ben Morse, CNN, "Pernille Harder joins Chelsea for 'record transfer fee for the women's game'," 2 Sep. 2020 In the process, Davies has set records, including becoming the first Canadian international to win the Champions League. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The unending fairytale of a former Liberian refugee teen who’s now a European soccer champion," 26 Aug. 2020 The former Spain international joined Manchester City from Valencia in 2010 and went on to make 436 appearances. Ben Church, CNN, "David Silva signs for Real Sociedad after leaving Manchester City a legend," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of international was in 1780

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25 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“International.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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