- 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.Compare First International, Second International, Third International, Fourth International, Labor and Socialist International.
- (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
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Related Wordsuniversal, global, foreign, world, cosmopolitan, ecumenical, all-embracing, intercontinental
Examples from the Web for international
First, his credentials: He did international mergers and acquisitions at Lazard, a financial and asset management firm.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton
January 8, 2015
Together, they crossed over the International Bridges on foot into Juarez to conduct some business.
Despite its ranking at the bottom of most international development indexes, the conflict is shrouded by confusion.The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis
January 1, 2015
His plan was to one day become a diplomat, but he was losing faith in the idea of international policy as a career path.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
He went on to lead Mumbai in scoring in a season that he began at age 15, making the international team at 16.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Humanity hungers for international peace, and we crave it with all mankind.
Now, this is evidently the biggest item of the year—it's international, by George!In the Midst of Alarms
You know, of course, of the International Conference assembled in Milan?The Secret Agent
"Ruggles' International Relish" she had named it after a moment's thought.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
His business is international with the exception of Glasgow and Italy.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
- 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
- a contest between two national teams
- a member of these teams
Word Origin and History for international
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.
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.