a : national status; specifically : a legal relationship involving allegiance on the part of an individual and usually protection on the part of the state
b : membership in a particular nation
: political independence or existence as a separate nation
a : a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming or actually constituting a nation-state
b : an ethnic group constituting one element of a larger unit (as a nation)
Examples of NATIONALITY
- The country is home to five nationalities and seven languages.
- people of all races and nationalities
- She's American, but her parents are of Japanese nationality.
- He has held French nationality for the past 20 years.
- The university has students of over 50 nationalities.
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nationality noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Affiliation with a particular nation or sovereign state. People, business corporations, ships, and aircraft all have nationalities. Nationality is inferior to citizenship, insofar as the latter implies a full set of political privileges and the former does not. Countries have limited rights to determine which of their inhabitants will be their nationals. People generally acquire a nationality by birth within a particular country's territory, by inheritance from one or both parents, or by naturalization. It may change or be augmented or taken away if a country cedes control of the territory where one lives to another country.
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