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[in-ter-nash-uh-nl] /ˌɪn tərˈnæʃ ə nl/
between or among nations; involving two or more nations:
international trade.
of or relating to two or more nations or their citizens:
a matter of international concern.
pertaining to the relations between nations:
international law.
having members or activities in several nations:
an international organization.
transcending national boundaries or viewpoints:
an international benefit; an international reputation.
(initial capital letter) any of several international socialist or communist organizations formed in the 19th and 20th centuries.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a labor union having locals in two or more countries.
an organization, enterprise, or group, especially a major business concern, having branches, dealings, or members in several countries.
an employee, especially an executive, assigned to work in a foreign country or countries by a business or organization that has branches or dealings in several countries.
Origin of international
First recorded in 1770-80; inter- + national
Related forms
internationality, noun
internationally, adverb
noninternational, adjective
noninternationally, adverb
pseudointernational, adjective
quasi-international, adjective
quasi-internationally, adverb
uninternational, adjective
5. worldwide, cosmopolitan. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for internationally
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  • But he was known throughout the boundaries of the State, if not internationally.

    Expediter Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • You have signed and ratified a treaty; you are internationally bound by that treaty.

  • In the leading cities of these countries he made addresses that were statesmanlike and internationally tactful.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
  • An international and internationally administered code for the whole of Labour Protection is strictly to be avoided.

    The Theory and Policy of Labour Protection Albert Eberhard Friedrich Schffle
  • Meanwhile, the Empire was still the internationally recognized government of China and continued to function in Peking.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
British Dictionary definitions for internationally


of, concerning, or involving two or more nations or nationalities
established by, controlling, or legislating for several nations: an international court, international fishing rights
available for use by all nations: international waters
  1. a contest between two national teams
  2. a member of these teams
Derived Forms
internationality, noun
internationally, adverb


a member of any of these organizations
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Word Origin and History for internationally



1780, apparently coined by Jeremy Bentham from inter- + national. In communist jargon, as a noun and with a capital -i-, it is short for International Working Men's Association, the first of which was founded in London by Marx in 1864. "The Internationale" (from fem. of French international), the socialist hymn, was written 1871 by Eugène Pottier. International Date Line is from 1910. Related: Internationally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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internationally in Culture

International definition

An international organization of workers founded by Karl Marx in the 1860s. Weakened by disputes, it was dissolved in 1876, but it was succeeded by three later Internationals, which sought to spread communism throughout the world. The most effective of these was the Third International, formed by the Soviet Union in 1919 and dissolved in 1943 by Joseph Stalin.

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