(adjective) Involving two or more nations.

Example: A transnational company such as Google or the supply chain of food to markets around the world.

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Usage Notes:

  • Also called multinational.
  • Sociopologists 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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How to Cite the Definition of Transnational

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “transnational.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 17, 2019 (

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

transnational. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “transnational.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 17, 2019.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“transnational.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 17 Jun. 2019. <>.