national

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adjective

na·​tion·​al ˈna-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce national (audio)
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: of or relating to a nation
national boundaries
the national flag
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3
: comprising or characteristic of a nationality
his national accent was plainly audibleElinor 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
nationally adverb

national

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noun

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: one that owes allegiance to or is under the protection of a nation without regard to the more formal status of citizen or subject
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: a competition that is national in scope
usually used in plural
Choose the Right Synonym for national

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Average salary by age: The highest average earners are aged between 35 and 44, earning 13.8% more than the national average salary. Chad Murphy, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 Shining star:How national media turned Kari Lake into Trumpism's 'leading lady' Reach Goodykoontz at bill.goodykoontz@arizonarepublic.com. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Eight Mexican soldiers with SEDENA, Mexico's national defense, and one Mexican police officer died in the crash on a mission to arrest top U.S. target, El Mencho, head of CJNG. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 In celebration of the sitcom's 35+ year legacy, the cast of A Different World will reunite for a national 10-city tour across HBCUs. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 23 Feb. 2024 And in Bogotá, for instance, women on average spend five hours and 30 minutes on unpaid work a day — more than twice the time that men do, according to a 2017 study conducted by Colombia's national statistics agency. Christina Noriega, NPR, 23 Feb. 2024 On back-to-back weekends in September, Derby City is bringing back two of its largest music festivals, both of which hold national or global recognition. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2024 In the statement, Biden urged members of the House to pass the national security supplemental bill to allow for additional military aid for Ukraine, warning that Russia is receiving weapons from North Korea and Iran. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 More than a decade ago when national debt sat at a measly $19 trillion, America’s former joint chiefs of staff chairman Admiral Michael Mullen said debt was the top threat to national security. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024
Noun
The United States has charged two Russian nationals with deploying Lockbit ransomware against companies and groups around the world. James Pearson and Karen Freifeld, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Feb. 2024 The Estonian Internal Security Service arrested 10 individuals, including both Russian and Estonian nationals. Jim Sciutto, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 Greece introduced its golden visa program in 2014, granting a renewable five-year residence permit to third-country nationals purchasing real estate worth at least €250,000. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 If elected, what would your top 3 policy priorities be? Border - must secure the border, while deporting violent criminals first, destroy any and all Fentanyl labs in Mexico and track down the terrorists, cartel members and Chinese nationals that have infiltrated America through the border. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Following their investigation, police have enough evidence to designate the two Chinese nationals, identified only by their initials, ZG and Z, as suspects, said Djoko Wienartono, the Central Sulawesi Police spokesperson. Mohammad Taufan, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 The rules were adopted to comply with EU regulations that require airlines from countries within the bloc be majority owned by EU nationals. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 That firm, owned by a Russian national, Alexander Braslavskiy, specializes in exporting machine tools. Pei-Lin Wu, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Authorities announced the arrest of a man in Nairobi for the death of Mwangi and two Nigerian nationals were arrested in Waeni's death. Emma Ogao, ABC News, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of national was in 1580

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Cite this Entry

“National.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/national. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

national

1 of 2 adjective
na·​tion·​al ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce national (audio)
-ən-ᵊl
1
: of or relating to a nation
national elections
2
: belonging to or maintained by the federal government
national cemeteries
nationally
adverb

national

2 of 2 noun
1
: a person who owes allegiance to or is under the protection of a nation
2
: a competition that is national in scope
usually used in plural
qualified for the figure skating nationals

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