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

Regional and national direct lenders have popped up to provide short-term loans to investors, helping individuals access the cash that a regular mortgage broker typically wouldn’t provide. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "Housing Slowdown Unnerves the Fix-and-Flip Crowd," 9 Dec. 2018 Trump also officially designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "All the Details on George H. W. Bush's Funeral," 6 Dec. 2018 This national obsession with all things cozy is credited as one of the reasons why Denmark is always at the top of the list of the world's happiest countries, despite their infamously miserable winters. Lyndsey Matthews, Country Living, "What Is Hygge? Everything You Need To Know About The Danish Lifestyle Trend," 4 Dec. 2018 Thenceforth the Lehmans sought at every turn to see market opportunity where others had not, and even to transform national and global catastrophe into triumphant capital gain. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "What’s on at the Theater? A Comprehensive Guide to London’s Best Shows This Fall," 18 Oct. 2018 In addition to delivering cargo and crew to the ISS for Uncle Sam, the company launches national security sats as well. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "5 Things We Learned From SpaceX's Moon Tourist Announcement," 18 Sep. 2018 Young people centered ourselves at the forefront of political conversations, driving national discourse on major issues. Michael Pincus, Teen Vogue, "Losing in the Midterm Elections Isn’t the End," 9 Nov. 2018 And this cycle, issues important to moms — like healthcare, immigration, and national security — are the ones driving women to the polls. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "These 10 Moms Running for Office Need You to Vote on November 6," 30 Oct. 2018 The study is an analysis of estimates on emergency department visits in a national database created by the U.S. government’s Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Guns send over 8,000 US kids to ER each year, analysis says," 29 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The British government has accused two Russian nationals, alleged GRU agents, of undertaking the attack in Salisbury and presented video and photo evidence showing them traveling to Salisbury near the scene of the attack in March. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russians tried to hack Swiss lab testing samples from Skripal attack," 17 Sep. 2018 Since Russia refuses to extradite its nationals, Britain isn’t even asking. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "How Russia Kills Abroad," 5 Sep. 2018 On Sunday, July 15, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted a Russian national, Maria Butina, 29, and later charged her with conspiring against the U.S. as a secret agent as part of a Russian covert influence campaign. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina Was Charged With Conspiring Against the United States as a Secret Agent," 18 July 2018 The Proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices. Jay Willis, GQ, "Mitch McConnell's Stolen Supreme Court Seat Is Already Fucking Up America," 26 June 2018 For example, federal prosecutors indicted 12 Russian nationals earlier this year for hacking Democrats during the US presidential election campaign in 2016. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Cut-and-paste error apparently reveals federal charges against Assange," 16 Nov. 2018 Lochte was set to swim four events this week, and several of his teammates were eager to see him at nationals for the first time since 2016. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "US swim nationals set to go on without banned Lochte," 24 July 2018 The team was so dedicated that the seven seniors missed graduation to compete at nationals. Sue Kiesewetter, Cincinnati.com, "Mason comes in 2nd at national Science Olympiad," 13 June 2018 The four schools enrolled hundreds of foreign nationals and gave them immigration documents that helped them secure student visas. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "He charged tuition for help getting student visas in 'pay-to-stay' scheme. A judge gave him 15 months in prison," 20 Apr. 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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