multinational (adj.) also multi-national, by 1921, from MULTI- (Cf. multi-) + NATIONAL (Cf. 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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  • multinational — [[t]mʌ̱ltinæ̱ʃən(ə)l[/t]] multinationals also multi national 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A multinational company has branches or owns companies in many different countries. N COUNT Multinational is also a noun. ...multinationals such as Ford and IBM. 2)… …   English dictionary

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