multiculturalism

[ muhl-tee-kuhl-cher-uh-liz-uh m, muhl-tahy- ]
/ ˌmʌl tiˈkʌl tʃər əˌlɪz əm, ˌmʌl taɪ- /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for multiculturalism

multiculturalism

/ (ˌmʌltɪˈkʌltʃərəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

the state or condition of being multicultural
the policy of maintaining a diversity of ethnic cultures within a community

Derived Forms

multiculturalist, adjective, noun
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Culture definitions for multiculturalism

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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