nation-state

noun
na·​tion-state | \ ˈnā-shən-ˈstāt How to pronounce nation-state (audio) , -ˌstāt \

Definition of nation-state

: a form of political organization under which a relatively homogeneous people inhabits a sovereign state especially : a state containing one as opposed to several nationalities

First Known Use of nation-state

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Nation-state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nation-state. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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nation-state

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nation-state

: a form of political organization in which a group of people who share the same history, traditions, or language live in a particular area under one government

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