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nation

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noun na·tion \ˈnā-shən\

Simple Definition of nation

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 archaic :  group, aggregation

  3. 3 :  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

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Nation

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biographical name Na·tion \ˈnā-shən\

Definition of Nation

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



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