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national

adjective na·tion·al \ ˈnash-nəl , ˈna-shə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of national

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 2) government formed by most or all major political parties usually in a crisis

nationally

adverb

Examples of national in a Sentence

  1. She won the national championship last year.

  2. His test scores were higher than the national average.

  3. Doing well in the Olympics is a matter of national pride.

  4. Baseball is called America's national pastime.

  5. The game was shown on national television.

  6. Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

  7. the National Museum of Art

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First Known Use of national

1580

national Synonyms


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national

noun

Definition of national

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

Examples of national in a Sentence

  1. She's a Mexican national now working in the United States.

  2. The U.S. Nationals will be held in New York City this year.

Recent Examples of national from the Web

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First Known Use of national

1845

national Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of national

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


NATIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

national

adjective

Definition of national for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to an entire nation or country

  • : owned and controlled or operated by a national government


national

noun

Definition of national for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is a citizen of a country

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


NATIONAL Defined for Kids

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national

adjective na·tion·al \ ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of national for Students

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

nationally

adverb

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national

noun

Definition of national for Students

: a citizen of a particular country


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