international

[in-ter-nash-uh-nl]

adjective

noun


Origin of international

First recorded in 1770–80; inter- + national
Related formsin·ter·na·tion·al·i·ty, nounin·ter·na·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·in·ter·na·tion·al, adjectivenon·in·ter·na·tion·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·in·ter·na·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-in·ter·na·tion·al, adjectivequa·si-in·ter·na·tion·al·ly, adverbun·in·ter·na·tion·al, adjective

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international

adjective

of, concerning, or involving two or more nations or nationalities
established by, controlling, or legislating for several nationsan international court; international fishing rights
available for use by all nationsinternational waters

noun

sport
  1. a contest between two national teams
  2. a member of these teams
Derived Formsinternationality, nouninternationally, adverb

International

noun

a member of any of these organizations
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Word Origin and History for international
adj.

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.

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Culture definitions for international

International

An international organization of workers founded by Karl Marx (see also 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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