Definition of multinationalism in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmʌltɪˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m/ /ˌmʌltɪˈnaʃn(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


  • 1rare The presence, involvement, or partnership of many countries or nationalities.

  • 2South African historical An apartheid policy which regarded the population of South Africa as a number of distinct ‘nations’ which should eventually be geographically and politically separated from each other. Compare "separate development".

  • 3Business
    The practice or policy of operating in several or many countries.


1940s; earliest use found in Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. From multinational + -ism.