A transnational company operates in more than one country. A transnational chain of coffee shops, for example, might have cafes in the United States, England, Spain, and China.

Use the adjective transnational to describe companies, policies, languages, or anything else that exists in several nations at the same time. A transnational human rights law could affect every developed country in the world, for instance. Another way to say transnational is international or multinational. The definition of the Latin prefix trans, however, gives a clear clue to the word's meaning: "across, beyond, or to go beyond."

Definitions of transnational
  1. adjective
    involving or operating in several nations or nationalities
    transnational terrorist networks”
    synonyms: multinational
    concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations
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