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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The Democratic lawmakers will arrive at the migrant detention center the day after the Trump administration is expected to begin a round-up thousands of undocumented immigrants from cities across the nation. Ana Radelat, courant.com, "Rosa DeLauro to lead congressional group to Florida center for migrant children," 12 July 2019 Former Kentucky star Jared Lorenzen is a popular name in the Bluegrass State, and tributes have continued to pour in from across the nation following his death earlier this month. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "A horse named Lorenzen and NASCAR anthems: More tributes pour in for former Kentucky star," 12 July 2019 Her opinion is a warning shot to campuses in her federal circuit — and, through persuasive authority, to campuses across the nation. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 Observers said California’s actions on freelancers could help create a model for the nation. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Gig-work bill passes Senate committee as crowds rally for and against it," 10 July 2019 Observed every year on July 11 (7/11, get it?), 7-Eleven Day is when 7-Eleven convenience stores across the nation pay homage to their loyal patrons by offering a free small Slurpee to every person that walks through their doors. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "7-Eleven Is Giving Out Free Slurpees on Thursday for 7-Eleven Day," 10 July 2019 Perot’s wealth, fame and confident prescription for the nation’s economic ills propelled his 1992 campaign against President George H.W. Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton. David Koenig, Twin Cities, "Colorful self-made billionaire H. Ross Perot dies at 89," 9 July 2019 Top high school athletes from across the nation came together today at Progressive Field to compete in MLB High School All-Star Game. Joshua Gunter, cleveland.com, "Top high school athletes compete in MLB High School All-Star Game," 6 July 2019 With millions of dollars being invested, however, personalized learning continues to spread across the nation. Penny Bishop, The Conversation, "What is personalized learning and why is it so controversial? 5 questions answered," 5 July 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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