multinational

[ muhl-tee-nash-uh-nl, muhl-tahy- ]
/ ˌmʌl tiˈnæʃ ə nl, ˌmʌl taɪ- /

noun

a large corporation with operations and subsidiaries in several countries.

adjective

of, relating to, or involving several nations.
noting or pertaining to multinationals.

Nearby words

  1. multilocular cyst,
  2. multimedia,
  3. multimeter,
  4. multimillionaire,
  5. multimodal,
  6. multinational corporation,
  7. multinodular,
  8. multinodular goiter,
  9. multinomial,
  10. multinomial theorem

Origin of multinational

First recorded in 1925–30; multi- + national

Related formsmul·ti·na·tion·al·ism, nounmul·ti·na·tion·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for multinational

multinational

/ (ˌmʌltɪˈnæʃənəl) /

adjective

(of a large business company) operating in several countries

noun

such a company
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Word Origin and History for multinational

multinational

adj.

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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