national

adjective
na·tion·al | \ ˈnash-nəl , ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of national 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a nation national boundaries the national flag

3 : comprising or characteristic of a nationality his national accent was plainly audible —Elinor Wylie

4 : belonging to or maintained by the federal government the National Museum of American History

5 : of, relating to, or being a coalition (see coalition sense 2) government formed by most or all major political parties usually in a crisis

national

noun

Definition of national (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that owes allegiance to or is under the protection of a nation without regard to the more formal status of citizen or subject

2 : a competition that is national in scope usually used in plural

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Other words from national

Adjective

nationally adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for national

Synonyms: Adjective

civil, public

Synonyms: Noun

citizen, freeman, subject

Antonyms: Adjective

nonnational

Antonyms: Noun

alien, noncitizen

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Noun

citizen, subject, national mean a person owing allegiance to and entitled to the protection of a sovereign state. citizen is preferred for one owing allegiance to a state in which sovereign power is retained by the people and sharing in the political rights of those people. the rights of a free citizen subject implies allegiance to a personal sovereign such as a monarch. the king's subjects national designates one who may claim the protection of a state and applies especially to one living or traveling outside that state. American nationals working in the Middle East

Examples of national in a Sentence

Adjective

She won the national championship last year. His test scores were higher than the national average. Doing well in the Olympics is a matter of national pride. Baseball is called America's national pastime. The game was shown on national television. Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. the National Museum of Art

Noun

She's a Mexican national now working in the United States. The U.S. Nationals will be held in New York City this year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Other Texas candidates with STEM backgrounds express similar frustrations at the status of scientific discourse in national politics. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "As Trump backlash continues, STEM professionals in Texas run for office," 12 July 2018 Becoming a national girls junior champion last year was an unforgettable experience. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018 He's held state and regional positions with the League of United Latin American Citizens, and is currently running to become its national president. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Darryl Morin, rising Hispanic leader known for building coalitions, renounces GOP membership," 14 July 2018 The state has become one of the more active battlegrounds in a national conversation about legalizing marijuana. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Marijuana advocates promote education amidst growing legalization push," 14 July 2018 The defender also believes the hostile receptions Ozil and Gundogan were receiving prior to the World Cup, due to them having a photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had a detrimental effect on the national team. SI.com, "Philipp Lahm Says German Boss Joachim Löw Must Change Leadership Style in Order to Succeed Again," 13 July 2018 The Guatemalan mother who has become a national face of the Trump administration's practice of separating parents from their children regained full custody of her children on Friday, ages 11, 9 and 6. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Guatemalan mother regains custody of her children after 54 days apart," 13 July 2018 These include showing respect for national pride, explaining how President Trump’s anti-immigrant and tariff policies hurt the working class economically, and ensuring that hardworking Americans qualify for and can secure good jobs. WSJ, "Elites Miss the Point on Immigration Politics," 13 July 2018 Forbes reported that Schantter was taking part in a role-playing exercise in the wake of his comments concerning the NFL, and him placing blame on the league’s national anthem protests for the company’s sales. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Mayor removes 'Papa John' Schnatter's name from hometown gym in wake of controversy, mails back $400K donation," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To Peron — a French national who spent much of 1968 as a foreign exchange student in Schenectady, N.Y., before relocating to Hamburg — German youth at the time were desperate to remake their own culture. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "For krautrock icons Faust, the revolution goes on," 11 July 2018 Olazaran, a Mexican national who lives in Houston, was initially charged with assault of a family member. Houston Chronicle, "Houston man accused of strangling wife," 10 July 2018 In addition, 13 Russian nationals have been charged over alleged information warfare. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Russia-bound Sen. Moran plans to tell Putin that election interference ‘unacceptable’," 29 June 2018 Despite denials, Roger Stone has revealed a new contact with a Russian national back in 2016. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Trump tariffs and the Iowa economy," 18 June 2018 The case involved a repeat offender, Florencio Rosales-Mireles, a Mexican national who pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the U.S. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Gives Prisoners Another Chance to Fix Sentencing Errors," 18 June 2018 The second suspect, a Turkish national who arrived in Germany in May 2017 and later filed an asylum claim, was arrested at his home in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim Wednesday evening. Sophie Rebmann, Nadine Schmidt And Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Iraqi asylum-seeker wanted over rape, murder of 14-year-old in Germany," 7 June 2018 Now months later, it is believed two British nationals came in contact with this horrible substance and one of them has already died. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 Overseas, most employees are local nationals, but the 5 percent or so of expatriates are handsomely compensated. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of national

Adjective

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of national was in 1580

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national

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of national

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to an entire nation or country

: owned and controlled or operated by a national government

national

noun

English Language Learners Definition of national (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is a citizen of a country

nationals : competitions in which people or teams from all areas of a country compete

national

adjective
na·tion·al | \ ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of national

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to an entire country a national anthem the national news

Other words from national

nationally adverb

national

noun

Kids Definition of national (Entry 2 of 2)

: a citizen of a particular country

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