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national

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adjective na·tion·al \ˈnash-nəl, ˈna-shə-nəl\

Simple Definition of national

  • : of or relating to an entire nation or country

  • : owned and controlled or operated by a national government

Full Definition of national

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a nation

  2. 2 :  nationalist

  3. 3 :  comprising or characteristic of a nationality

  4. 4 :  belonging to or maintained by the federal government

  5. 5 :  of, relating to, or being a coalition government formed by most or all major political parties usually in a crisis

na·tion·al·ly adverb

Examples of national

  1. She won the national championship last year.

  2. His test scores were higher than the national average.

  3. Doing well in the Olympics is a matter of national pride.

  4. Baseball is called America's national pastime.

  5. The game was shown on national television.

  6. Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

  7. the National Museum of Art



1580

First Known Use of national

1580

Rhymes with national


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national

noun na·tion·al

Simple Definition of national

  • : a person who is a citizen of a country

  • nationals : competitions in which people or teams from all areas of a country compete

Full Definition of national

  1. 1 :  one that owes allegiance to or is under the protection of a nation without regard to the more formal status of citizen or subject

  2. 2 :  a competition that is national in scope —usually used in plural

Examples of national

  1. She's a Mexican national now working in the United States.

  2. The U.S. Nationals will be held in New York City this year.



1887

First Known Use of national

1887

Synonym Discussion of national

citizen, subject, national mean a person owing allegiance to and entitled to the protection of a sovereign state. citizen is preferred for one owing allegiance to a state in which sovereign power is retained by the people and sharing in the political rights of those people <the rights of a free citizen>. subject implies allegiance to a personal sovereign such as a monarch <the king's subjects>. national designates one who may claim the protection of a state and applies especially to one living or traveling outside that state <American nationals working in the Middle East>.



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