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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These disparities are unacceptable and threaten the future foundation of our nation's military. CNN, "America has failed our female veterans. Here's how we can fix it," 24 Aug. 2019 Prison guards in Mississippi are the lowest paid in the nation. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Some of the Country’s Worst Prisons Have Escaped Justice Department Action," 24 Aug. 2019 Demographically, our nation is rapidly becoming more racially heterogeneous. Michelle Adams, The New Republic, "The Integration Success Stories," 23 Aug. 2019 Especially now, as a cynical establishment seeks restoration, as establishment Kemalist bureaucrats run for cover, and as the divisions in our nation widen and public discourse sounds like rival packs of angry barking dogs. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Andrew McCarthy’s book ‘Ball of Collusion’ thoughtfully connects the dots on Clinton and Obama," 23 Aug. 2019 Yesterday in Paris, the 66-year-old schoolteacher and wife to Emmanuel Macron, the nation’s current president, stepped out for a diplomatic meeting with trademark Gallic ease and comfort. Vogue, "Brigitte Macron Is Back With a Classic Take on Parisian Chic," 23 Aug. 2019 Our nation’s founders understood this and wrote protection for a free and independent press into the First Amendment. George Stanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pulitzer winner Sam Roe adds to strength of Journal Sentinel's Wisconsin watchdog team," 22 Aug. 2019 In 2010, it is estimated that our count of our nation of 300 million-plus was off by only about 36,000 people — or only .01 percent. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "We’ve worried about overpopulation for centuries. And we’ve always been wrong.," 20 Aug. 2019 The safety demonstration was scheduled to coincide with the start of school for the Los Angeles Unified School District , the nation’s second-largest school district, which kicked off its new school year on Tuesday. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "School bus company stresses safety first at demonstration in Burbank," 20 Aug. 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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