national

adjective
na·​tion·​al | \ ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce national (audio) , 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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Morgan is one of eight players on the U.S. national team roster with ties to the Bay Area. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 July 2021 Berhalter promised the men’s national team a special screening of Season 2’s first episode during the Gold Cup. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2021 Midfielder Eryk Williamson will spend the next several weeks with the United States men’s national team competing in the Gold Cup. Portland Timbers And Thorns Fc, oregonlive, 17 July 2021 The national soccer team was in the final of the European Championship. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 16 July 2021 Cambage, a center for the Las Vegas Aces, is a standout player for the Australian national team who averaged 23.5 points and 10.3 rebounds at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Roxanna Scott, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 While competing in the 2015 Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico, Gutiérrez and shortstop Dainer Moreira defected from the national team. Kyle Brown, The Enquirer, 16 July 2021 Once preseason starts, sophomore Aaliyah Edwards, who missed UConn’s summer session while playing with the Canadian national team, will also be back in the mix. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 16 July 2021 Dike’s rapid ascent into the U.S. men’s national team began less than a year ago. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bahena Rivera, a Mexican national who came to the United States illegally as a teenager, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder on May 28 in the stabbing death of Tibbetts. Paul Best, Fox News, 17 July 2021 Siddiqui, an Indian national and Reuters staff journalist, was embedded with members of Afghanistan’s elite special forces in the southern province of Kandahar, a former Taliban stronghold. BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2021 Recently, a Mexico national jumped off a plane onto the tarmac at LAX, breaking his leg and drawing federal charges. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 29 June 2021 That Binance account was linked to a real person, a 20-year-old female and Ukranian national. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 5 June 2021 They are charged with bringing in undocumented immigrants resulting in the death of Rogelio Perez Gutierrez, a Mexican national. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2021 Making 143 Day national would do more than foster nice feelings. Time, 21 May 2021 But Deifel has led the program to steady growth, including the Razorbacks’ first super regional in 2018 and their first top-10 national ranking this year. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, 4 May 2021 The Northern Irishman Brian Keenan’s An Evil Cradling (probably the one most worth revisiting today) details movingly his situational friendship with fellow hostage John McCarthy, a British national. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/national. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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)

formal : a person who is a citizen of a country
: competitions in which people or teams from all areas of a country compete

national

adjective
na·​tion·​al | \ ˈna-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce national (audio) \

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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