mul·​ti·​cul·​tur·​al | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈkəlch-rəl How to pronounce multicultural (audio) , -ˌtī-, -ˈkəl-chə- How to pronounce multicultural (audio) \

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

multiculturally \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​lē , -​ˌtī-​ , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adverb

Examples of multicultural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Corporations must also recognize the critical role the multicultural community plays in their business success. Fortune, "Creating a unified society is up to all of us," 18 Dec. 2020 Virginia has been shifting Democratic for a decade, thanks in large part to growing multicultural suburban and urban areas. Alan Suderman, ajc, "2021 marquee contest: Virginia governor's race in high gear," 2 Jan. 2021 Immigration was a hot campaign issue in her multicultural district with a significant Asian and Latino population. Marisa Schultz, Fox News, "Rep.-elect Young Kim brings empathetic approach to immigration: I have 'gone through the process'," 1 Jan. 2021 The incident, captured on a nine-minute video sent across the globe, mobilized people across the United States in a multicultural movement to address an array of racial injustices, particularly police reform. David Schutz,, "These are the 20 most-read stories of 2020 on," 24 Dec. 2020 Filmed before a live audience on a strikingly spare stage, Byrne and his multicultural troupe of 11 musicians and dancers from around the world, all barefoot in their gray wool suits, offer up a joyous paean to community and what brings us together. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "From ‘American Utopia’ to ‘Ma Rainey’: The 10 best films of 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 Then multicultural diversity made its inevitable appearance in academia, which subdivided itself into departments of study based on ethnicity. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Joe Biden’s Cabinet of Diversity," 16 Dec. 2020 Adams has her own PhD in art education/multicultural education from Ohio State University. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, "As critics blast a ‘misogynistic’ op-ed on Jill Biden, a Wall Street Journal editor blames ‘cancel culture’," 14 Dec. 2020 Too many works by Wifredo Lam (1902-82), the great Afro-Chinese Cuban artist whose spiky figures — hybrids of human, animal and vegetable — speak of the complex island culture’s multicultural spiritual history. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: How can a museum think it owns too much work by important artists? Ask this one," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of multicultural

1935, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2021

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“Multicultural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce multicultural (audio) \

Kids Definition of multicultural

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

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