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multinational

[muhl-tee-nash-uh-nl, muhl-tahy-]
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noun
  1. a large corporation with operations and subsidiaries in several countries.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or involving several nations.
  2. noting or pertaining to multinationals.

Origin of multinational

First recorded in 1925–30; multi- + national
Related formsmul·ti·na·tion·al·ism, nounmul·ti·na·tion·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for multi-nationalism

multinational

adjective
  1. (of a large business company) operating in several countries
noun
  1. such a company
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Word Origin and History for multi-nationalism

multinational

adj.

also multi-national, by 1921, from multi- + national. Originally with reference to states; later (by 1960) to corporations and organizations. As a noun, short for multinational corporation, attested by 1971.

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