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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If the flags of two or or more nations are displayed at the same time, they should be flown from separate staffs of the same height, and the flags should be equal in size. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About American Flag Etiquette," 15 May 2019 But the elders of Indigenous nations have been warning us about this for years. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "The Climate Disaster We Fear Is Already Happening," 22 Apr. 2019 The evening event was part of the couple's two-day trip to Northern Ireland, in honor of the nation's young people. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Would Like a Pint of Beer Personally Poured by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge," 28 Feb. 2019 The preliminary findings suggest that the hackers weren’t affiliated with a nation-state, the people said. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How WhatsApp is undermining Facebook’s war on election interference," 19 Oct. 2018 September 11, 2001 shocked the nation, sending communities everywhere into a tailspin. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019 Much of that money has come from American donors in love with French culture and how the cathedral embodies the nation. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "As Notre Dame Smolders, France Promises to Rebuild," 15 Apr. 2019 With interviews from her family, former costars, and the deputy district attorney in the trial, Marcia Clark, ABC is unveiling the impact Schaeffer's death had on the nation. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How Rebecca Schaeffer's Horrific Murder Led to the Nation's First Anti-Stalking Law," 12 Apr. 2019 The global initiative has preserved 8.4 million hectares from 53 commonwealth nations. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Is In Bloom: How The Royals Are Celebrating Spring," 21 Mar. 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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nation

noun

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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