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 (mŭl′tē-kŭl′chər-əl, -tī-)
1. Of, relating to, or including several cultures.
2. Of or relating to a social or educational theory that encourages interest in many cultures within a society rather than in only a mainstream culture.

mul′ti·cul′tur·al·ism n.
mul′ti·cul′tur·al·ist n.


1. (Sociology) the state or condition of being multicultural
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the policy of maintaining a diversity of ethnic cultures within a community
ˌmultiˈculturaˌlist adj, n


(ˌmʌl tiˈkʌl tʃər əˌlɪz əm, ˌmʌl taɪ-)

the existence, recognition, or preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.multiculturalism - the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single countrymulticulturalism - the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
nationalism - the doctrine that your national culture and interests are superior to any other


[ˌmʌltiˈkʌltʃərəlɪzəm] nmulticulturalisme mmulti-faceted multifaceted [ˌmʌltiˈfæsɪtɪd] adj
He is a multi-faceted performer → C'est un artiste aux multiples talents.
Her job is multi-faceted → Son travail est très varié.
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