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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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 Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic Much like teammate Devin Singletary, who appeared on our list of the nation’s best running backs, Bryant’s career has taken off in Lane Kiffin’s offense. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best tight ends in college football," 13 July 2018 Stidham proved one of the nation’s most versatile quarterbacks. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL," 12 July 2018 While growth first began on Tasmania, 80 percent of the nation’s truffles now come from the state of Western Australia, with the majority grown in a small town called Manjimup. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Why You Should Be Going to Australia for Fresh Black Truffles," 12 July 2018 Monday’s announcement may ultimately mark not just the culmination of one campaign for control of the nation’s judiciary, but the beginning of another. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018 The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. Elaine Rooker Jack, The Courier-Journal, "11 students from Kentucky, Indiana win National Merit Scholarships," 6 July 2018 The state produces 4 percent of the nation’s crude oil and is home to the sixth-largest natural gas reserves. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why Colorado thinks it has a chance to make oil companies pay for climate change," 5 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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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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