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.
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The measures follow months of sectarian tensions in the world’s most populous Muslim nation that shook the government and undermined Indonesia’s reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam.
The Defense Department's Office of Economic Adjustment, a federal program that assists communities affected by planning for the nation's defense, will fund the Edgewood Small Area Study, according to the county.
DETROIT — Coleman Young International Airport was once one of the nation’s busiest airports and a thriving piece of Detroit’s economy.
Meanwhile, those nations that have harbored known terrorists, like Saudi Arabia, were conspicuously missing from the list.
Ironhack has been part of a wave of coding bootcamps opening across the nation, including Wyncode in Miami.
New York City has the nation’s largest taxi industry, with more than 13,000 medallions.
But brick and mortar magic shops across the nation, like Caufield's, are in trouble, King said.
WHEN a Serb gunman shot an Austrian archduke in the summer of 1914, the nations of Europe tumbled into war with all the grace of bowling pins.
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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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