noun \ˈnā-shən\

: a large area of land that is controlled by its own government

the nation : the people who live in a nation

Nation : a tribe of Native Americans or a group of Native American tribes that share the same history, traditions, or language

Full Definition of NATION

a (1) :  nationality 5a (2) :  a politically organized nationality (3) :  a non-Jewish nationality <why do the nations conspire — Psalms 2:1 (Revised Standard Version)>
b :  a community of people composed of one or more nationalities and possessing a more or less defined territory and government
c :  a territorial division containing a body of people of one or more nationalities and usually characterized by relatively large size and independent status
archaic :  group, aggregation
:  a tribe or federation of tribes (as of American Indians)

Examples of NATION

  1. It's one of the richest nations in the world.
  2. the largest state in the nation
  3. The President will speak to the nation tonight.
  4. The entire nation is celebrating the victory.

Origin of NATION

Middle English nacioun, from Anglo-French naciun, from Latin nation-, natio birth, race, nation, from nasci to be born; akin to Latin gignere to beget — more at kin
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with NATION


biographical name \ˈnā-shən\

Definition of NATION

Car*ry \ˈka-rē\ Amelia 1846–1911 née Moore Am. temperance agitator

Rhymes with NATION


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

People whose common identity creates a psychological bond and a political community. Their political identity usually comprises such characteristics as a common language, culture, ethnicity, and history. More than one nation may comprise a state, but the terms nation, state, and country are often used interchangeably. A nation-state is a state populated primarily by the people of one nationality.


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