[muhl-tee-kuhl-cher-uh-liz-uh m, muhl-tahy-]


the state or condition of being multicultural.
the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.

Origin of multiculturalism

First recorded in 1960–65; multicultural + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for multiculturalism

Contemporary Examples of multiculturalism

Historical Examples of multiculturalism

  • The identity urge expressed in the multiculturalism trend of our days will find in the past its most unreliable arguments.

  • Multiculturalism, criticism of tradition, and freedom from the pressure of competition are among the recommendations they make.

British Dictionary definitions for multiculturalism



the state or condition of being multicultural
the policy of maintaining a diversity of ethnic cultures within a community
Derived Formsmulticulturalist, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for multiculturalism

1965, from multicultural + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for multiculturalism


The view that the various cultures in a society merit equal respect and scholarly interest. It became a significant force in American society in the 1970s and 1980s as African-Americans, Latinos, and other ethnic groups explored their own history.

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