nation

noun
na·tion | \ˈnā-shən \

Definition of nation 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That makes Reese one of the top recruits in the nation. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "After missing cut for U.S. team, St. Frances star Angel Reese plans more hoops, closer look at big offers," 14 July 2018 The Phoenix area has dozens of computer data centers and is one the most popular locations for them in the nation. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Arizona servers used by Russian hackers to monitor Democrats, feds say," 13 July 2018 That rate of 41 arrests per 1,000 users is the second highest in the nation. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'ACA' removed from swaths of Medicaid.gov website, watchdog reports," 12 July 2018 Special education teacher salaries rank second-lowest in the nation, topping only Maine. Kevin Richert, idahostatesman, "Think teacher salaries are low in Idaho? This study confirms it.," 12 July 2018 The park opened in 1965 to great local fanfare (the same year that the Astrodome opened) and was one of the first ocean theme parks in the nation of its kind. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Sea-Arama in Galveston was an island attraction for decades," 11 July 2018 Recent data showing weakness in the nation’s economy have added to these worries: Growth in China’s manufacturing sector slowed in June from the previous month. David Hodari, WSJ, "Metals Slide Deepens as Trade Fears Escalate," 11 July 2018 But both nations are racing to develop an entirely new kind of weapon. David Martin, CBS News, "Inside the global race to develop hypersonic weapons," 13 July 2018 The team, like the nation, is a global crossroads, a place shaped by hundreds of years of colonial history and migration. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 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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