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 \ -​rə-​ˌli-​zəm \ noun
multiculturalist \ -​rə-​list \ noun or adjective
multiculturally \ -​rə-​lē \ adverb

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Before the foragers were fully absorbed into the farming communities, however, Lepenski Vir appears to have been the region’s first multicultural nexus. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 And the content is an exuberant, cheap, multicultural, data-driven grab for toddlers’ attention. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Did Chinese spies infiltrate Apple and Amazon with tiny chips?," 4 Oct. 2018 Those with tan, deep and dark skin tones understand that finding the right colour foundation is all about matching your undertone and this is where Rea Ann saw the biggest hole in the market - for women like herself and her multicultural family. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "People Are Upset With Beautyblender for Its New Bounce Foundation's Shade Range and Swatches," 30 July 2018 Noah understands this, and in his response offers a critique of traditional French approaches to diversity from a progressive, multicultural point of view. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trevor Noah’s feud with France over race, identity, and Africa — explained," 19 July 2018 Istanbul is both ancient and contemporary, elegant and raffish, traditional and innovative, and very multicultural, especially as related to art, cuisine, lifestyle, and commerce. Karen Fedorko Sefer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Istanbul," 5 Oct. 2016 Munich, for example, is far more multicultural than Berlin. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Bavaria: Affluent, Picturesque — and Angry," 30 June 2018 Harrell, a Carnegie Mellon University grad, holds a master’s degree in international education policy from Harvard University and another master’s in multicultural education from Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. Carolyne Zinko,, "A drag wedding, but not in the way you think," 5 July 2018 For all that the world’s focus, for the last five weeks, has been on the multicultural carnival wheeling around Russia, the World Cup’s impact stretches far beyond the borders of its host. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Four Countries. Two Games. One Goal.," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of multicultural

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multicultural was in 1935

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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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