mul·​ti·​na·​tion·​al | \ ˌməl-tē-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce multinational (audio) , -ˈna-shə-nᵊl, -ˌtī-\

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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Other Words from multinational

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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Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, which compiles the ADP data, said there were signs that tariffs imposed by the U.S. and other countries have led to job cuts at large multinational firms. Christopher Rugaber, Fox News, "Survey: US companies add healthy 219,000 jobs in July," 1 Aug. 2018 European financial entities and large multinational firms may not want to risk U.S. penalties, but many small and medium-sized entities could be incentivized to undercut U.S. sanctions. Bryan R. Early, Washington Post, "E.U. countries want to save the Iran nuclear deal. Don’t expect cooperation on U.S. sanctions.," 25 May 2018 Four national or multinational companies, one local company and Pierce Transit have expressed interest in the Highway 520 bus contract, which could total 81,000 service hours a year. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Sound Transit puts bus outsourcing on hold," 25 Mar. 2019 There were think pieces about her multinational heritage (her mother, who is Japanese, and her father, who is Haitian-born, married in the face of resistance—biracial relationships were, and still are, rare in Japan). Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "The New Number One: Naomi Osaka Is Playing to Win," 21 Mar. 2019 The three companies are among the 30 largest multinational logistics operators and are jockeying to consolidate the highly fragmented sector. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Rival Logistics Operators Bid for Swiss Freight Major," 15 Feb. 2019 President Trump has at times criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization alliance and other multinational groups, while calling on longtime allies such as South Korea to pay more for their own defense. Warren P. Strobel, WSJ, "U.S. Officials Cite Global Isolationist Tendencies Among New Security Risks," 22 Jan. 2019 Zhang Ming of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recalls the Plaza Accord, a multinational agreement reached in 1985 under American pressure. The Economist, "A threatened trade war between China and America may be on hold," 24 May 2018 But the two part company on some significant issues, including the Paris climate accord, which Trump withdrew the U.S. from last year, and the Iran-nuclear deal, another multinational agreement that Trump is itching to pull out of. Darlene Superville,, "Vive la France: President Trump hosts glitzy White House state dinner," 22 Apr. 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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