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

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Yamamoto's family has hailed from Hawaii since his great-grandparents' generation, and his multicultural background is typical of many islanders. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Part of the Christian Yelich trade, Marlins rookie Jordan Yamamoto inspires hope in Miami," 5 July 2019 The 45-year-old, who has been in charge of multicultural affairs at City Hall since 2009, became interested in how to better assist foreigners during disasters after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "A less polite version of Japanese is helping foreigners stay safe during disasters," 27 June 2019 That’s the message sent by a group of more than a dozen multicultural arts leaders in an open letter to Karolyn Kirchgesler, the CEO of Team San Jose, the public-private partnership that handles the city’s marketing. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "‘San Jose’ song draws rebuke from multicultural arts leaders," 27 June 2019 India, with its multicultural populace, is home to a wide range of rich folk art traditions. Bitasta Das, Quartz India, "How I engage students of India’s premier science school in folk arts," 27 June 2019 Venture to multicultural neighborhoods including Chinatown and Brooklyn, and document the profound ways in which immigrants have shaped the city. National Geographic, "New York City High School Photography Workshop," 17 June 2019 Each member of the multicultural crowd that gathered in Jerusalem is said to have heard the Apostles speaking in his or her own tongue. Erasmus, The Economist, "The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians," 15 June 2019 The annual event is billed as a multicultural Father’s Day food tasting celebration. Shane Harrison, ajc, "Things to do in and around Atlanta: June 14-22," 13 June 2019 The program debuted in kindergarten and first grade, and the program’s goal is to make students bilingual and multicultural. Jesse Wright,, "Elmhurst District 205 officials say dual language program ready to grow," 19 June 2019

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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 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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