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

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

The election Monday, for local and national offices, is widely seen as a referendum on Mr. Duterte’s unorthodox style of governance. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippines’ Midterm Election Looks Likely to Boost Duterte," 13 May 2019 In addition to offering a discount to your nearby tire rotation, the program offers limited specials with national companies, like discounted rates on certain car brands and services. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Did You Know You Can Buy a Car At Costco?," 6 May 2019 Caruso successfully bucked the national death-of-the-shopping-mall narrative and at the same time redefined the concept. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 Gavin started acting from age 6, appearing in theatre shows like Arthur Miller's All My Sons and a national tour of Peter Pan, according to an interview with MTV News. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "CAOS" Star Gavin Leatherwood," 12 Apr. 2019 The polling threshold involves garnering at least 1% in three separate national and early-state polls prior to the debates. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "DNC Says First 2 Primary Debates Could Have Up to 20 Presidential Contenders," 14 Feb. 2019 Finally, several decades later, on May 1, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Proclamation 4127, which declared Father's Day as a national holiday, with the first official celebration on June 18, 1972. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "When Is Father's Day? Here's How Long You Have to Pick out the Perfect Gift for Dad," 3 Apr. 2019 In 2016, Mal was the first player in the national team’s history to play at the Olympics and at a U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the same year. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Soccer's Mallory Pugh on Age, Confidence, and Staying in the Game," 15 Mar. 2019 My uncle, who played on New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks, was in the Maori Battalion in World War II. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fast forward a few years, and now the studio’s company team will compete at nationals. Sole Sastre, miamiherald, "Google showcases Doral dance studio in online commercial," 15 June 2018 Our team, Williams College, arrived at nationals as the powerhouse to beat, seeded No. 1 in the 16-team tournament, with a deep roster of athletes who take the game seriously. Michael W. Miller, WSJ, "A Clueless Dad’s Strange Trip to the Ultimate Tournament," 24 May 2018 Bradie Tennell, this year’s winner at nationals, was ninth. Washington Post, "Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Zagitova," 23 Feb. 2018 Also, Dutton had finished second in the 500 meters at the Canadian nationals. New York Times, "Far From the Games, a Canadian Skater Says Russia Cost Him a Spot," 18 Feb. 2018 That evolution, which included a slump in which Nagasu finished 10th at nationals in 2015, has been overseen by renowned coach Tom Zakrajsek, who believes the best is yet to come. Bloomberg.com, "After Triple Axel At Olympics, Nagasu Has More in Store," 13 Feb. 2018 Saudi Arabia, which is home to around 30 million people, two-thirds of whom are Saudi nationals, wants to build new airports and sea ports, metro lines and railways to play a leading logistics role in connecting Asia with Europe. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi Arabia showcases $53B in deals at conference," 28 Jan. 2019 That was simply an exercise to save the lives of defenseless Russian nationals from attacks by Ukrainian fascists. Steven Shundich, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018 The Crystal’s crew members were all Chinese nationals. Gerry Shih, USA TODAY, "Oil tanker burning off China’s coast at risk of exploding," 8 Jan. 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)

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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