International is an adjective that describes something that involves two or more countries, like international laws that multiple countries obey, or an international flight from France to Japan.

Break international into two halves to understand its meaning. The first half is the prefix inter-, which means “among,” or “between.” In the second half, you can see the word nation. Put them together and the word literally means “among or between nations.” Driving from the United States into Canada is an international road trip since you travel from on nation to another, and an international conference has guests from all over the world.

Definitions of international
  1. adjective
    concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations
    international affairs”
    “an international agreement”
    international waters”
    of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)
    global, planetary, world, world-wide, worldwide
    involving the entire earth; not limited or provincial in scope
    internationalist, internationalistic
    influenced by or advocating internationalism
    multinational, transnational
    involving or operating in several nations or nationalities
    transcending established national boundaries or spheres of interest
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    limited to or in the interests of a particular nation
    of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation
    nationalist, nationalistic
    devotion to the interests or culture of a particular nation including promoting the interests of one country over those of others
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  2. adjective
    from or between other countries
    international trade”
    synonyms: external, outside
    of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)
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