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multinational

[muhl-tee-nash-uh-nl, muhl-tahy-] /ˌmʌl tiˈnæʃ ə nl, ˌmʌl taɪ-/
noun
1.
a large corporation with operations and subsidiaries in several countries.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or involving several nations.
3.
noting or pertaining to multinationals.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; multi- + national
Related forms
multinationalism, noun
multinationally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for multinationalism

multinational

/ˌmʌltɪˈnæʃənəl/
adjective
1.
(of a large business company) operating in several countries
noun
2.
such a company
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Word Origin and History for multinationalism

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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