mul·​ti·​cul·​tur·​al·​ism | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈkəlch-rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce multiculturalism (audio) , -ˌtī-, -ˈkəl-chə- \

Definition of multiculturalism

: cultural pluralism or diversity (as within a society, an organization, or an educational institution) : a multicultural social state or a doctrine or policy that promotes or advocates such a state With racial and ethnic diversity increasing across the nation as a result of increased immigration, educational leaders were keen to embrace multiculturalism.— Diane Ravitch Successful multiculturalism builds the bonds of community that lead to interracial, interethnic friendships.— Diane Ravitch Multiculturalism is a term that has come to serve as shorthand for a host of different and not necessarily related cultural and educational issues. Arguments relating to gender studies, ethnic and racial studies, affirmative action, freedom of speech on campus, compromise and corruption among educational administrators have all been aired under the title, multiculturalism.— A. E. Barnes

Other Words from multiculturalism

multiculturalist \ ˌməl-​tē-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​list , -​ˌtī-​ , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adjective
multiculturalist ideas/theories/policies
multiculturalist noun, plural multiculturalists
… in which traditionalists in favor of centering the curriculum on classic works of literature faced off against multiculturalists who wanted to include more works by women and members of minorities. — Rachel Donadio

First Known Use of multiculturalism

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Multiculturalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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