mul·​ti·​cul·​tur·​al | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈkəlch-rəl, -ˌtī-, -ˈkəl-chə- \

Definition of multicultural

: of, relating to, reflecting, or adapted to diverse cultures a multicultural society multicultural education a multicultural menu

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Other Words from multicultural

multiculturalism \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​ˌli-​zəm , -​ˌtī-​, -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ noun
multiculturalist \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​list, -​ˌtī-​, -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ noun or adjective
multiculturally \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​lē, -​ˌtī-​, -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adverb

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With World Cup semifinals are set, Grant Wahl and Brian Straus acknowledge how England, France and Belgium have thrived with rosters that represent multiple players of unique, multicultural backgrounds., "World Cup Daily Podcast: Exploring the Multicultural English, French and Belgian Rosters," 8 July 2018 Much of the excitement over this wedding stems from the bride’s multicultural background, which has drawn interest from people from around the world. Noel Murray, New York Times, "How to Watch the Royal Wedding," 17 May 2018 In Walker & Company Brands, Procter & Gamble acquires the cachet of an emerging player in healthy and beauty focused on serving the country’s growing multicultural customer base. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Procter & Gamble has acquired the startup aiming to build the Procter & Gamble for people of color," 12 Dec. 2018 During a California Polytechnic State University multicultural weekend, white members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity dressed as gang members — one in blackface. New York Times, "What’s the Biggest Challenge for Colleges and Universities?," 5 June 2018 The images surfaced as the university, in San Luis Obispo, celebrated a multicultural weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Dennis Romero /, NBC News, "California college fraternity suspended over blackface stunt," 13 Apr. 2018 The photos surfaced on social media late Sunday, during the multicultural weekend at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "Fraternity brothers posed in blackface and gangster costumes, this college’s latest racist dust-up," 10 Apr. 2018 The photos surfaced on social media late Sunday, during the California Polytechnic State University's multicultural weekend. Marwa Eltagouri,, "Fraternity brothers posed in blackface, this California college's latest racist dust up," 10 Apr. 2018 The multicultural flourishes -- a soaring address by a black American bishop, gospel music soulfully sung by a choir, a rapturous performance by a black cellist -- seemed to both surprise and excite the masses. Doug Criss And Stephanie Halasz, CNN, "German broadcaster referred to Markle as 'exotic,' and had some fairly odd comments about black hair," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of multicultural

1935, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of multicultural

: relating to or including many different cultures


mul·​ti·​cul·​tur·​al | \ ˌməl-ˌtē-ˈkəl-chə-rəl \

Kids Definition of multicultural

: relating to or made up of several different cultures a multicultural society

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