mul·​ti·​na·​tion·​al | \-ˈnash-nəl, -ˈna-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of multinational 

1 : of or relating to more than two nationalities a multinational society

2a : of, relating to, or involving more than two nations a multinational alliance

b : having divisions in more than two countries a multinational corporation

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multinational noun

Synonyms for multinational


foreign, international, transnational

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Examples of multinational in a Sentence

multinational efforts to negotiate a lasting peace in the region

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Meanwhile, Canada’s Trudeau announced in Latvia that his country was extending its leadership of a multinational NATO battle group in the small Baltic nation for another four years. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "EU official criticizes Trump over attitude toward allies," 10 July 2018 And though the band's primary market was the United Kingdom, the list was multinational. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 The 376-foot destroyer was sliced in half during a multinational warfare exercise, and the front half sank in two minutes after months of providing naval gunfire support during the Vietnam War. Tylisa C. Johnson,, "74 sailors died during a Vietnam warfare exercise, but their names aren't on D.C. memorial," 9 July 2018 The world's largest (and longest-running) multinational naval exercise began its 2018 edition yesterday, June 27, in Hawaii and southern California. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Not Coming to America's Big Pacific War Games This Time," 28 June 2018 Last month, however, Mattis abruptly disinvited China from a multinational exercise in the Pacific that will begin in a few days, in retribution for Beijing putting weapons systems on manmade islands in the South China Sea. Lolita C. Baldor, Anchorage Daily News, "Mattis stops in Alaska on his way to Asia, seeks ‘conversation’ with Chinese," 25 June 2018 Along with the USS Connecticut fast-attack submarine and the UK Royal Navy's HMS Trenchant, the 6,000-ton Hartford is currently participating in multinational exercises training for its primary mission: to hunt and kill enemy ships and submarines. Jim Sciutto And Zachary Cohen, CNN, "Inside the US nuclear sub challenging Russia in the Arctic," 14 Mar. 2018 The multinational initiative, End Clergy Abuse, was announced Thursday at a press conference in Geneva. Fox News, "Abuse survivors launch global bishop accountability effort," 7 June 2018 Chevron is one of the few multinational oil companies still working in Venezuela, where the socialist government has raised royalties and seized assets to increase its control of the industry. Houston Chronicle, "Venezuela frees 2 Chevron employees arrested in April," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of multinational

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of multinational

: of, relating to, or involving more than two nations

: working in several countries

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