[muhl-tee-nash-uh-nl, muhl-tahy-]
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  1. of, relating to, or involving several nations.
  2. noting or pertaining to multinationals.

Origin of multinational

First recorded in 1925–30; multi- + national
Related formsmul·ti·na·tion·al·ism, nounmul·ti·na·tion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (of a large business company) operating in several countries
  1. such a company
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Word Origin and History for multinational

also multi-national, by 1921, from multi- + national. Originally with reference to states; later (by 1960) to corporations and organizations. As a noun, short for multinational corporation, attested by 1971.

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