Definition of nation
1a (1) : nationality 5a three Slav peoples … forged into a Yugoslavia without really fusing into a Yugoslav nation — Hans Kohn (2) : a politically organized nationality (3) : a non-Jewish nationality why do the nations conspire — Psalms 2:1 (RSV)b : a community of people composed of one or more nationalities and possessing a more or less defined territory and government Canada is a nation with a written constitution — B. K. Sandwellc : a territorial division containing a body of people of one or more nationalities and usually characterized by relatively large size and independent status a nation of vast size with a small population — Mary K. Hammond
3 : a tribe or federation of tribes (as of American Indians) the Seminole Nation in Oklahoma
Examples of nation in a sentence
It's one of the richest nations in the world.
the largest state in the nation
The President will speak to the nation tonight.
The entire nation is celebrating the victory.
Origin and Etymology 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
NATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nation for English Language Learners
: 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
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Word Root of nation
The Latin word nāscī, meaning “to be born,” and its form nātus give us the roots nat and nai. Words from the Latin nāscī have something to do with being born. When someone is native to a particular place, she or he was born there. A nation, or country, is a place where people are born. Anyone naive has a lack of knowledge and experience as if he or she was only recently born.
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