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Definitions for multicultural
ˌmʌl tiˈkʌl tʃər əl, ˌmʌl taɪ-mul·ti·cul·tur·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. multiculturaladjective

    of or relating to or including several cultures

    "a multicultural event"


  1. multiculturaladjective

    Relating or pertaining to several different cultures


  2. Etymology: Latin multi + cultura' + -al


  1. multicultural

    The term multiculturalism has a range of meanings within the contexts of sociology, political philosophy, and colloquial use. In sociology and in everyday usage, it is a synonym for "ethnic pluralism", with the two terms often used interchangeably, and for cultural pluralism in which various ethnic groups collaborate and enter into a dialogue with one another without having to sacrifice their particular identities. It can describe a mixed ethnic community area where multiple cultural traditions exist (such as New York City or London) or a single country within which they do (such as Switzerland, Belgium or Russia). Groups associated with an indigenous, aboriginal or autochthonous ethnic group and settler-descended ethnic groups are often the focus. In reference to sociology, multiculturalism is the end-state of either a natural or artificial process (for example: legally-controlled immigration) and occurs on either a large national scale or on a smaller scale within a nation's communities. On a smaller scale this can occur artificially when a jurisdiction is established or expanded by amalgamating areas with two or more different cultures (e.g. French Canada and English Canada). On a large scale, it can occur as a result of either legal or illegal migration to and from different jurisdictions around the world. In reference to political science, multiculturalism can be defined as a state's capacity to effectively and efficiently deal with cultural plurality within its sovereign borders. Multiculturalism as a political philosophy involves ideologies and policies which vary widely. It has been described as a "salad bowl" and as a "cultural mosaic", in contrast to a "melting pot".


  1. multicultural

    Multicultural refers to the presence, acceptance, or promotion of multiple cultural traditions, beliefs, values, or ethnicities within a particular society, community, or organization. It involves recognizing and respecting the diversity and individuality of others, and implies an inclusive approach where different cultural backgrounds are acknowledged and celebrated.

Editors Contribution

  1. multicultural

    Relating to or involving a number of cultures.

    The city is so multicultural we love to visit and see the amazing ways people live together in harmony.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 27, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of multicultural in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of multicultural in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of multicultural in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:

    But I have to say we are the most successful multicultural society in the world, there is more work to do. This is not something to be complacent about. This is a work in progress.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    We're a pluralistic society. We're diverse, we have people that come from everywhere, we're not multicultural. We have a set of shared values that defines our national identity, and we should never veer away from that because that creates the extraordinary nature of our country.

  3. Democrat Jim Webb:

    This is a time for us to come together, and to recognize once more that our complex multicultural society is founded on the principle of mutual respect.

  4. White House:

    Moore currently leads Dewey Square Group’s State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Strategies practices, where she helps clients build coalitions and engage on public policy goals.

  5. Scott Morrison:

    We are a tolerant, multicultural society, the most successful immigration country on the planet, these white supremacist, white separatist views, are not new. I mean, these sentiments have sadly existed in Australia for hundreds of years.

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