nation-state

noun na·tion-state \ ˈnā-shən-ˈstāt , -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

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Definition of nation-state for English Language Learners

  • : 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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