nation

noun
na·​tion | \ ˈnā-shən How to pronounce nation (audio) \

Definition of nation

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1a(1) : nationality sense 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 (Revised Standard Version)
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. Sandwell
c : 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
2 archaic : group, aggregation
3 : a tribe or federation of tribes (as of American Indians) the Seminole Nation in Oklahoma

Nation

biographical name
Na·​tion | \ ˈnā-shən How to pronounce Nation (audio) \

Definition of Nation (Entry 2 of 2)

Car*ry \ ˈker-​ē How to pronounce ˈker-ē (audio) , ˈka-​rē\ Amelia 1846–1911 née Moore American temperance agitator

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Synonyms for nation

Synonyms: Noun

commonwealth, country, land, sovereignty (also sovranty), state

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Examples of nation in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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No mention of policy was made as faith leaders from all over Anchorage took the mic, leading the gathering in prayers for the victims’ families, repentance on the part of the nation, and intervention for potential future shooters. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "For Anchorage faith community, healing from mass shootings comes through human connection," 11 Aug. 2019 Lekima cut power to more than 40,000 homes in Taiwan, dumped 35 inches of rain on the island-nation, suspended the high-speed rail service and closed many schools and offices. Fox News, "China braces itself as Typhoon Lekima barrels down with 130 mph winds, heavy rainfall," 10 Aug. 2019 The media are struggling to fix the nation’s limited August attention on Captain Ahab (a.k.a. House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler) and his quest to nab the great white whale of impeachment. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Losing the War in Forgotten Afghanistan," 10 Aug. 2019 What happened in Ferguson is often described as a catalyst — the beginning of a social justice movement that would sweep the nation. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "The Lives of Ferguson Activists, Five Years Later," 10 Aug. 2019 Fears of a global economic slowdown and concern for the ongoing trade war, both of which affect the demand for crude from large oil-consuming nations such as China, has made traders nervous. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Nation’s rig count falls again as energy sector slows," 9 Aug. 2019 Daniels, the sociologist, is hopeful politicians won’t just turn to easy fixes, and that this moment could guide the nation to a more measured response. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "No Law Can Ban White Supremacy From the Internet," 9 Aug. 2019 Oil demand in developed nations has now declined for three quarters in a row, the IEA said. Matt Egan, CNN, "'Fragile' oil demand is the weakest since 2008, energy watchdog says," 9 Aug. 2019 Under Oregon Ducks coach Mario Cristobal, the football program is quickly establishing a smashmouth identity on offense, led by the nation’s most experienced offensive line this fall. oregonlive.com, "2022 recruiting rankings: Oregon Ducks commit Jaydn Ott named nation’s No. 3 RB," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nation

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for nation

Noun

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

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The first known use of nation was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of nation

: a large area of land that is controlled by its own government
: the people who live in a nation
: a tribe of Native Americans or a group of Native American tribes that share the same history, traditions, or language

nation

noun
na·​tion | \ ˈnā-shən How to pronounce nation (audio) \

Kids Definition of nation

1 : country sense 1 China is a nation I'd like to visit.
2 : a community of people made up of one or more nationalities usually with its own territory and government … here is a race that the whole nation is clamoring for …— Walter Farley, The Black Stallion

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