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Definition of Transnational

(adjective) Involving two or more nations.

Examples of Transnational

  • A transnational company such as Google.
  • The supply chain of food delivered to markets around the world.

Transnational Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: trans·na·tion·al

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /trans-nAsh-uhn-l/
  • British English – /tranz-nAsh-uh-nuhl/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /trænˈsnæʃənəl/
  • British English – /trænzˈnæʃənəl/

Usage Notes

  • Also called multinational.
  • Sociologists study (nountransnationality and (noun) transnationalism to explore (adverb) transnationally relevant themes such as the process of (noun) transnationalization or how culture (verb) transnationalizes.

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Works Consulted

Schaefer, Richard. 2013. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. 10th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Cite the Definition of Transnational

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “transnational.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/transnational/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

transnational. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/transnational/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “transnational.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/transnational/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“transnational.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/transnational/>.