Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or involving two or more nations: an international commission; international affairs.
  • adj. Extending across or transcending national boundaries: international fame.
  • n. Any of several socialist organizations of international scope formed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or having to do with more than one nation.
  • adj. Between or among nations; pertaining to the intercourse of nations; participated in by two or more nations; common to, or affecting, two or more nations.
  • adj. Of or concerning the association called the International.
  • adj. Independent of national boundaries; common to all people.
  • adj. Foreign; of another country.
  • n. Someone who has represented their country in a particularly sport.
  • n. A game or contest between two or more nations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Between or among nations; pertaining to the intercourse of nations; participated in by two or more nations; common to, or affecting, two or more nations.
  • adj. Of or concerning the association called the International.
  • adj. Independent of national boundaries; common to all people.
  • n. The International; an abbreviated from of the title of the International Workingmen's Association, the name of an association, formed in London in 1864, which has for object the promotion of the interests of the industrial classes of all nations.
  • n. A member of the International Association.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or mutually affecting two or more nations; concerning different nations in common: as, an international exhibition; international law; international relations.
  • [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the society called the International.
  • n. [capitalized] A society (in full, “the International Workingmen's Association”), formed in London in 1864, designed to unite the working classes of all countries in promoting social and industrial reform by political means. ; ; ;
  • n. A member of the International, or a believer in its principles and methods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. from or between other countries
  • adj. concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations
  • n. any of several international socialist organizations

Etymologies

inter- (among, between, amid) + national (having to do with a nation). Reportedly coined in modern English by Jeremy Bentham (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One set of debates is located within international relations theory, between neorealist, ˜international society™, liberal internationalist, and constructivist schools.

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  • In addition, the ICCA would strengthen control over U. S.-international borders, streamline court rules to make it easier to introduce evidence collected overseas, and authorize international communications services to report suspicious money flows to law enforcement authorities.

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  • It is quite a switch from the lurid floral print of the Stade Français jersey to the elegantly muted strip England chose to mark a centenary of international matches at Twickenham on Saturday, but Haskell's interventions suggested that he has benefited from working in a back row alongside the likes of Sergio Parisse, Mauro Bergamasco and Juan Manuel Leguizamón after a move that many thought might derail a promising ­international career.

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  • I'm all for an international day of metal, no need to restrict it to Slayer. international*

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  • But with the firm's international network, and London in particular, appearing sidelined under Freishtat's tenure, do any of the three candidates have the vision to revitalise the firm's ­international strategy?

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  • Well they’d have a hard time properly considering “international law” since I have yet to see a book that contains “international law” or a world legislature or King of the World DeCaprio aside that has the authority to pass an _international_ law.

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  • The term "international incident" was used by more than one official knowledgeable about the possibility that someone would attempt to kidnap the women or harm them.

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  • Given the silence of the media on this and the use of the term international, I suspect there are people being smuggled from countries other than Mexico and from ones we may not be quite so blase about.

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  • It is widely seen by the parties that the term international mechanisms refers to the U.N. Russia raised the stakes on talks here by proposing its resolution formally at the Security Council, making it possible that a vote could come as early as Friday.

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  • The first name of an individual and the word international may be deleted from a formal airport name while the rest is capitalized: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Kennedy International Airport or Kennedy Airport.

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