mul·​ti·​cul·​tur·​al·​ism ˌməl-tē-ˈkəlch-rə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce multiculturalism (audio)
: 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
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

Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of multiculturalism was in 1957

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Cite this Entry

“Multiculturalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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