mul·​ti·​na·​tion·​al ˌməl-tē-ˈna-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce multinational (audio)
: of or relating to more than two nationalities
a multinational society
: of, relating to, or involving more than two nations
a multinational alliance
: having divisions in more than two countries
a multinational corporation
multinational noun

Examples of multinational in a Sentence

multinational efforts to negotiate a lasting peace in the region
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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of multinational was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Multinational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or involving more than two nations
: having divisions in more than two countries


2 of 2 noun
: a multinational corporation

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