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 (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. 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.
Recent Examples of nation from the Web
The Aggies led the nation in total revenue at $194,388,450; Alabama was fourth.
Chicago was one of the cities that led the nation in restrictive covenants, which were actively enforced by courts until 1948, when the Supreme Court ruled against it.
Investors have lost 0.6 percent on the nation’s sovereign bonds in the past one week, the worst performance in emerging Asia, indexes compiled by Bloomberg show.
Live Nation works with two stage companies to build one in center field, Rice said.
In response, the town submitted a petition to the Supreme Court hoping the nation's highest court would uphold noise restriction laws, according to the East Hampton Star.
But the island nation has great affection for its fleet.
The introduction of a countrywide goods and services tax should put India in line with many countries by introducing a unified levy on sales across the nation.
In New Mexico, a private company broke ground in February on the nation's largest medical marijuana plant, which will cover about 100 football fields and offer space for as many as 40 million plants.
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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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