International mostly means something (a company, language, or
organization) involving more than a single country. The term
international as a word means involvement of, interaction between or
encompassing more than one nation, or generally beyond national
boundaries. For example, international law, which is applied by more
than one country and usually everywhere on Earth, and international
language which is a language spoken by residents of more than one
1 Origin of the word
2 Meaning in particular fields
3 See also
5 External links
Origin of the word
The term international was coined by the utilitarian philosopher
Jeremy Bentham in his Introduction to Principles of Morals and
Legislation, which was printed for publication in 1780 and published
in 1789. Bentham wrote: "The word international, it must be
acknowledged, is a new one; though, it is hoped, sufficiently
analogous and intelligible. It is calculated to express, in a more
significant way, the branch of law which goes commonly under the name
of the law of nations. The word was adopted in French in 1801.
Thomas Erskine Holland
Thomas Erskine Holland noted in his article on Bentham in the 11th
edition of the
Encyclopædia Britannica that "Many of Bentham's
phrases, such as 'international,' 'utilitarian,' 'codification,' are
valuable additions to our language; but the majority of them,
especially those of Greek derivation, have taken no root in it."
Meaning in particular fields
In team sports, "international" is a match between two national teams,
or two players capped by a national team.
In politics, "The International" may refer to a political
In law, "international" may refer to several disciplines of
International law like public international law, international
criminal law etc.
In linguistics, an international language is one spoken by the people
of more than one nation, usually by many. Also called world language.
English, Spanish, French and Arabic are considered to be world
In interlinguistics, international often has to do with languages
rather than nations themselves. An "international word" is one that
occurs in more than one language. These words are collected from
widely spoken source or control languages, and often used to establish
language systems that people can use to communicate internationally,
and sometimes for other purposes such as to learn other languages more
quickly. The vocabulary of
Interlingua has a particularly wide range,
because the control languages of
Interlingua were selected to give its
words and affixes their maximum geographic scope. In part, the
language Ido is also a product of interlinguistic research.
In arts, an international art movement is an art movement with artists
from more than one country, usually by many. Some international art
movements are Letterist International, Situationist International,
"International" is also sometimes used as a synonym for "global".
Oxford English Dictionary.
^ Le Nouveau Petit Robert 2010.
^ Gode, Alexander, Interlingua: A Grammar of the International
Language. New York: Frederick Ungar, 1951.
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Ankerl, Guy (2000). Global communication without universal
civilization. INU societal research. Vol.1: Coexisting contemporary
civilizations : Arabo-Muslim, Bharati, Chinese, and Western.
Geneva: INU Press. ISBN 2-