in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce international (audio) , -ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of international

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or affecting two or more nations international trade
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a group or association having members in two or more nations international movement
3 : active, known, or reaching beyond national boundaries an international reputation



Definition of international (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is international especially : an organization of international scope

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Other Words from international


internationality \ ˌin-​tər-​ˌna-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce international (audio) \ noun
internationally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈnash-​nə-​lē How to pronounce international (audio) , -​ˈna-​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Synonyms for international

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of international in a Sentence

Adjective an international association of chemists She has achieved international fame.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The administration is also continuing requirements for masking on U.S.-bound aircraft and putting in new procedures for medical personnel in the U.S. to follow up with international visitors and unvaccinated Americans returning from travel. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 20 Sep. 2021 Less One More scooped the best international short debut award at Spain’s Huesca Festival. John Hopewell, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 Balkin and international dancing, 1-3 p.m., Saturdays. Mary Lou Cruz,, 20 Sep. 2021 Members of the group have been pushing to host a game since 2009 when Baltimore hosted the sellout international friendly between Chelsea and AC Milan. Nick Dimarco,, 20 Sep. 2021 Brent crude, the standard for international pricing, lost 57 cents to $74.79 per barrel. Elaine Kurtenbach, ajc, 20 Sep. 2021 Bajaria’s affinity for international stories comes naturally. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2021 But Parly insisted that France wouldn't pull out entirely, saying the attack was proof that the international cooperation in the region is bearing fruit. Angela Charlton And Baba Ahmed, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 The way forward could be what Dr. Nadj says is a deeply Dutch value – pride in international cooperation and law. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brighton and Hove Albion signed the Senegal international from Slavia Prague for $9.6 million in the summer and loaned him straight to Stoke City to get experience of English soccer. Steve Price, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Making the first appearance of his second spell at Chelsea, the Belgium international marked his return to England's top division after a two-year absence by scoring one goal and playing a part in the other in a 2-0 win at Arsenal. Steve Douglas, ajc, 22 Aug. 2021 Midfielders Sebastian Lletget, who captained the U.S. national team in their recent run to the Gold Cup title, and Jonathan dos Santos, a Mexican international, are among the Galaxy players who did not make the team. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 After the Olympics ended, the U.S. international was traded to the NWSL expansion team in Kansas City. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2021 For New England, Buchanan is the player that appears most likely to land in Europe as transfer rumors are swirling around the Canadian international. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 21 Aug. 2021 Bukayo's first tournament as a full England international didn't quite go as planned. Terry Baddoo, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 At moments throughout the season, the Sweden international has shown his vulnerabilities – especially when the team want to play with a high line. Liam Canning, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The Poland international is chasing Gerd Muller's tally of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season, which has now stood for 49 years. Ben Church, CNN, 7 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of international


1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of international was in 1780

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“International.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of international

: involving two or more countries : occurring between countries
: made up of people or groups from different countries
: active or known in many countries


in·​ter·​na·​tion·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈna-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce international (audio) \

Kids Definition of international

1 : involving two or more nations : occurring between nations international trade
2 : active or known in many nations an international celebrity

Other Words from international

internationally adverb The soccer game was televised internationally.

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