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 That fall’s election for Caddo D.A. elicited not only national attention but also nearly half a million dollars in campaign funding from Soros. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Power of Attorney," 16 Sep. 2019 Cal’s 3-0 start has earned national attention with the Bears being voted into the Associated Press top 25 poll for this first time this season on Sunday. SFChronicle.com, "Unbeaten Cal at No. 23 in AP poll, highest ranking in four seasons," 15 Sep. 2019 Goldberg also has led reporting that was honored with multiple local, state and national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in San Jose (1990/Breaking News), and a finalist for the Pulitzer at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (2009/Feature Writing). National Geographic, "Susan Goldberg," 15 Sep. 2019 The case garnered national attention after the union that represents agents expressed anger about the students' conduct. NBC News, "Two arrested in racist attack on black student at University of Arizona," 14 Sep. 2019 Healey, who has gained national attention for her aggressive legal battles against the Trump administration, was raised in New Hampshire, home of the nation’s first primary contest. BostonGlobe.com, "Thursday evening’s presidential debate," 13 Sep. 2019 Many El Pasoans praise the way O'Rourke kept his hometown in the spotlight and brought national attention to issues such as immigration and gun control, said Lyda Ness-Garcia, an El Paso attorney and community activist. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Beto O'Rourke's City Council record in El Paso has some Latinos troubled," 13 Sep. 2019 More than 30 parents were charged in the case, which has drawn national attention and fueled debates about racial and economic inequality in higher education and the criminal justice system. Katie Reilly, Time, "Felicity Huffman Probably Won't Go to Prison for the College Admissions Scandal, and Here's Why," 12 Sep. 2019 Cernekee’s case got national attention last month when Fox News and eventually President Donald Trump hyped his claims that Google will try to influence the 2020 election against Trump. Rachel Lerman, chicagotribune.com, "Google, in settlement, agrees to remind its workers of right to free speech on workplace issues," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trump went so far as to vouch for Putin's insistence that Russia didn't interfere in the election — an assertion Mueller contradicted in charging Russian nationals and in his report. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Mueller, Trump's silent foil, gets ready to talk," 23 July 2019 Russian entities Twenty-five Russian nationals and three Russian companies face 161 total charges as part of Mueller's probe. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Here's everyone who was charged in the Mueller probe," 23 July 2019 The crew is mostly Indian, and includes Filipino, Russian and Latvian nationals. Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "British Prime Minister Theresa May chairs emergency session on Iran’s seizure of oil tanker," 22 July 2019 Over the nearly two-year investigation, the special counsel charged 34 people, including 26 Russian nationals, and secured guilty pleas from seven, including several high-level Trump campaign and administration officials. Rachael Bade, BostonGlobe.com, "Mueller offers to delay testimony one week to give lawmakers more time for questions," 12 July 2019 Foreign nationals from countries including Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria were targeted. Stephanie Busari, Brent Swails, And Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "South Africa closes embassies in Nigeria, fearing reprisal attacks," 5 Sep. 2019 The first change, announced on July 16th, barred foreign nationals from seeking asylum at America’s border with Mexico unless they had first applied for, and been denied, asylum in another country. S.m. | Des Moines, The Economist, "Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies face court challenges," 22 Aug. 2019 Chinese nationals, shopping at home and abroad, are already the world’s top buyers of luxury goods. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Why fashion brands are rushing to apologize in China," 12 Aug. 2019 Cherrylake has been employing foreign nationals through the H2-A program for about five years, Gentry said, mostly from Mexico. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake County tree farm builds $1.8 million apartment complex for migrant workers," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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1 Nov 2019

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The first known use of national was in 1580

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national

adjective
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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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