international

[in-ter-nash-uh-nl]
adjective
1.
between or among nations; involving two or more nations: international trade.
2.
of or pertaining to two or more nations or their citizens: a matter of international concern.
3.
pertaining to the relations between nations: international law.
4.
having members or activities in several nations: an international organization.
5.
transcending national boundaries or viewpoints: an international benefit; an international reputation.
noun
6.
(initial capital letter) any of several international socialist or communist organizations formed in the 19th and 20th centuries. Compare First International, Second International, Third International, Fourth International, Labor and Socialist International.
7.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a labor union having locals in two or more countries.
8.
an organization, enterprise, or group, especially a major business concern, having branches, dealings, or members in several countries.
9.
an employee, especially an executive, assigned to work in a foreign country or countries by a business or organization that has branches or dealings in several countries.

Origin:
1770–80; inter- + national

internationality, noun
internationally, adverb
noninternational, adjective
noninternationally, adverb
pseudointernational, adjective
quasi-international, adjective
quasi-internationally, adverb
uninternational, adjective


5. worldwide, cosmopolitan.
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international (ˌɪntəˈnæʃənəl)
 
adj
1.  of, concerning, or involving two or more nations or nationalities
2.  established by, controlling, or legislating for several nations: an international court; international fishing rights
3.  available for use by all nations: international waters
 
n
4.  sport
 a.  a contest between two national teams
 b.  a member of these teams
 
internation'ality
 
n
 
inter'nationally
 
adv

International (ˌɪntəˈnæʃənəl)
 
n
1.  Comintern First International Labour and Socialist International Second International Socialist International Trotskyist International See Vienna Union any of several international socialist organizations
2.  a member of any of these organizations

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international
1780, apparently coined by Jeremy Bentham from inter- + national. In communist jargon, with a capital -I-, it is short for International Working Men's Association, the first of which was founded in London by Marx in 1864. The Internationale, the socialist hymn, was written 1871 by Eugène Pottier.
Internationalism is from 1851. International Date Line is from 1910.
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International definition


An international organization of workers founded by Karl Marx in the 1860s. Weakened by disputes, it was dissolved in 1876, but it was succeeded by three later Internationals, which sought to spread communism throughout the world. The most effective of these was the Third International, formed by the Soviet Union in 1919 and dissolved in 1943 by Joseph Stalin.

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This organization continues today as antislavery international.
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