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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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 League staffers reached out to USA Basketball's men's national team director Sean Ford and asked Ford to gauge Loving's interest in cooking for NBA players and staff during the league's restart at the Disney campus. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "'It's game on': NBA bubble food gets new spin thanks to popular master chef Shawn Loving," 7 Aug. 2020 Adrián Pedroza, national director of strategic partnerships at Opening Doors, said many parents nationwide share similar worries. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, "Latino parents face back-to-school uncertainty as COVID-19 hits their families hard," 7 Aug. 2020 All-American squad for the Crimson Tide’s CFP national championship team in 2017. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Rashaan Evans ready ‘to lead grown men’ on Titans defense," 7 Aug. 2020 Scowcroft was well regarded by President Obama, and helped advise Mr. Obama in choosing his national security team. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to two presidents, dies at 95," 7 Aug. 2020 Dhal played at Surprise Paradise Honors, before playing his junior season last year for PHH Prep, a national high school team that draws top local players. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "PHH Prep forward Matur Dhal commits to Cal Poly basketball," 7 Aug. 2020 Among the setbacks, ACLU national legal director David Cole said, one of the most disappointing involved Trump's efforts to ban foreign nationals from several predominantly Muslim countries. David Crary, Star Tribune, "'See you in court': ACLU files nearly 400 cases versus Trump," 6 Aug. 2020 Through it all, Rapinoe has been an advocate in her national team's quest for equality and inclusivity. Glen Levy And Christiane Amanpour, CNN, "Megan Rapinoe says 'we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place'," 5 Aug. 2020 The Pride added New Zealand captain Ali Riley and U.S. national team member Emily Sonnett to the defensive unit, with veterans Toni Pressley and Julie King both returning from injuries. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Pride waives second-year defender Erin Greening," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That probe was started by a French prosecutor after a national of France, Jean-Marc Bonfils, was killed in the blast and others injured. Sarah El Deeb And Sylvie Corbet, Star Tribune, "World donors demand change before money to rebuild Beirut," 9 Aug. 2020 That probe was started by a French prosecutor after a national of France, Jean-Marc Bonfils, was killed in the blast and others injured. Sarah El Deeb And Sylvie Corbet, The Christian Science Monitor, "World pledges to help Lebanese, but not Beirut government," 9 Aug. 2020 In Miller’s hypothetical scenario of a foreign national improperly casting a vote, that ballot would be flagged and rejected for not having a signature on file or for failing to match one that is. Hope Yen, chicagotribune.com, "Trump misleads on mail-in ballots, coronavirus vaccine. Here’s a fact check.," 8 Aug. 2020 Sharmahd, an Iranian-German national who supports restoring Iran’s monarchy that was overthrown in the 1979 Islamic Revolution, already had been targeted in an apparent Iranian assassination plot on US soil in 2009. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran abducted California man while in Dubai, family says," 4 Aug. 2020 But there was a hitch — Krokos, a foreign national, wasn’t eligible for home confinement. Washington Post, "Frail inmates could be sent home to prevent the spread of covid-19. Instead, some are dying in federal prisons.," 3 Aug. 2020 The pilot of the plane, an Australian national, presented himself to the Australia consulate in Papua New Guinea two days later on Tuesday. Fox News, "Australia-bound plane was so packed with cocaine it crashed after takeoff: police," 3 Aug. 2020 The asymptomatic foreign national will quarantine their entire stay in Canada, up to 14 days. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "US-Canadian couples ask Canada to consider their plan to open border so they can reunite," 1 Aug. 2020 The Nigerian national led a global network that used computer intrusions, business email compromise schemes and money laundering to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from companies, federal prosecutors allege. Faith Karimi, CNN, "He flaunted private jets and luxury cars on Instagram. Feds used his posts to link him to alleged cyber crimes," 12 July 2020

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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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12 Aug 2020

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“National.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/national. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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national

adjective
How to pronounce national (audio)

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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