nation

noun
na·​tion | \ˈnā-shən \

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 \

Definition of Nation (Entry 2 of 2)

Car*ry \ ˈker-​ē , 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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But research from global research company Euromonitor International shows a fascinating new trend: China will likely dethrone the European nation to become the world's top tourist destination by 2030. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "China Will Be the World's Most Popular Tourist Destination by 2030," 7 Nov. 2018 The first, an 800-unit building in downtown San Jose, near Caltrain’s Diridon Station, will be the nation’s largest coliving development, and will be walking distance from what many expect to be a massive new Google campus. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Coliving scales up with larger buildings, and bigger ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 There is some hope from fans of the Saudis that this will be an isolated black mark, and that the oil nation will retain their relationships in Silicon Valley. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 Protests across the nation have spiked in reaction — including one on Monday in Washington, DC, organized by the National Center for Transgender Equality. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People WILL NOT Be Erased," 22 Oct. 2018 The space shuttle's retirement in 2011 was the most visible sign of America's waning status as the leading spacefaring nation. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 And this laptop is water-resistant, so drink up coffee spiller nation! Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Upgrade to a water-resistant mechanical keyboard for just $26 today," 6 Sep. 2018 Only half of the nation’s 30,000 fire departments have all personnel trained to fight structure fires, according to a recent survey. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Controversy over departure also has defined much of the nation’s political debate and discussion for two years. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018

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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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nation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nation

: 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

nation

noun
na·​tion | \ˈnā-shən \

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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