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 internationality (audio) \ noun
internationally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​lē How to pronounce internationally (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 Now, English sides are international, and so is the game. Toby Harnden, Washington Examiner, "The game has changed, but soccer unites decades and the world," 9 Jan. 2020 Not since Lauren Conrad and The Great Single Mascara Tear of 2008 has a reality show cry garnered such international attention. Karina Hoshikawa,, "5 Waterproof Mascaras We’d Like To Give Hannah Brown After That Brutal Bachelor Premiere," 8 Jan. 2020 So far, that has included curating the CityWay Gallery at the Alexander Hotel and Ash & Elm Cider Co. Collaboration with Indianapolis artists is key to its mission, so expect a lot of local and international artist pairings. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "10 new venues for music, shows and art that you need to visit in and around Indianapolis," 29 Dec. 2019 Dozens of international and domestic flights to and from the region were canceled, including to popular beach and surfing resorts. Fox News, "Philippines typhoon kills 28 on Christmas; at least 12 missing," 27 Dec. 2019 In its infancy, cinema was international—a silent film made in Moscow could be watched in Manchester quite easily, its intertitles translated if need be. The Economist, "Dubbing is coming to a small screen near you," 21 Dec. 2019 Richard Danzig, a former secretary of the Navy, says that new forms of international cooperation are needed to rein in AI risks—just as prior military innovations like landmines and nuclear weapons led to new treaties. Tom Simonite, Wired, "When Robots Can Decide Whether You Live or Die," 20 Dec. 2019 For your average domestic or international trip with flights and hotels, expect to pay anywhere from 3 to 7 percent of your trip’s cost, depending on inclusions. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Travel Insurance Policies and Why You Need Them," 10 Dec. 2019 Plus The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Russia from international sports for the next four years, including the 2020 Olympics. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "New Zealand volcano, Russian sports banned over doping, and why the GOP is sticking with Trump: The Morning Rundown," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dutch internationals Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk each scored hat-tricks in the second leg, with international colleague Jill Roord and Scottish midfielder Kim Little also getting on the scoresheet on an impressive night., "Arsenal & PSG Join Lyon, Barcelona, Bayern & More in Women's Champions League Quarter-Finals," 1 Nov. 2019 The attack effectively confined Pakistan to the fringes of international cricket and since 2009 only 11 T20s and two one-day internationals have been staged in the country and there has been no Test cricket since the Lahore attack. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Terrorism threat throws Sri Lanka cricket tour to Pakistan in doubt," 12 Sep. 2019 Heath has taken that mix — established MLS veterans, returning contributors, experienced internationals and two rookies — turned it into one of the league’s best seasons. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Loons’ playoff subplot: Adrian Heath, Manny Lagos on expiring contracts," 26 Sep. 2019 Before her, the growers were all internationals, many of them South African. Emma Vickers, Quartz Africa, "The small African kingdom that’s perfect for growing cannabis, but maybe not for regulating it," 9 Nov. 2019 The Irish international has been nursing a knee injury throughout the season, but an awkward landing against Arsenal has cast doubt over his involvement against Bratislava., "Wolves vs Slovan Bratislava Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 6 Nov. 2019 Canadian international Christine Sinclair and U.S. internationals Adrianna Franch, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Emily Sonnett also remain on the roster. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Thorns exercise 2020 contract options on nine players, offer new contracts to 10 players," 4 Nov. 2019 Nowadays, the Brave Blossoms regularly go toe-to-toe with rugby's familiar force, despite Japanese internationals having not yet been granted fully professional status. George Ramsay, CNN, "Japan set to host 'special' World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown," 17 Sep. 2019 Both Portuguese internationals, the two began a strong friendship and continue to represent their country together, ten years after the defender made his debut., "50 of the Best Bromances in World Football," 24 June 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“International.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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