[ muhl-ti-lat-er-uh l ]
/ ˌmʌl tɪˈlæt ər əl /


having several or many sides; many-sided.
participated in by more than two nations, parties, etc.; multipartite: multilateral agreements on disarmament.

Origin of multilateral

First recorded in 1690–1700; multi- + lateral

OTHER WORDS FROM multilateral

mul·ti·lat·er·al·ism, nounmul·ti·lat·er·al·ist, adjective, nounmul·ti·lat·er·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for multilateralism

/ (ˌmʌltɪˈlætərəl, -ˈlætrəl) /


of or involving more than two nations or partiesa multilateral pact
having many sides

Derived forms of multilateral

multilaterally, adverb
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Cultural definitions for multilateralism

[ (mul-tee-lat-uhr-uh-liz-uhm) ]

Trade or diplomatic negotiations among several nations. (See diplomacy and recognition; compare bilateralism (see also bilateralism) and unilateralism.)

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