[muhl-tee-kuhl-cher-uh l, muhl-tahy-]


of, relating to, or representing several different cultures or cultural elements: a multicultural society.

Origin of multicultural

First recorded in 1940–45; multi- + cultural Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for multicultural



consisting of, relating to, or designed for the cultures of several different races
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Word Origin and History for multicultural

also multi-cultural, 1941, from multi- + cultural. At first often in a Canadian context. Picked up by U.S. education writers 1980s; widespread popular use from c.1990.

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