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

Papa John's got a taste of that last year, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. Candice Choi, USA TODAY, "Papa John's to pull founder John Schnatter's image from marketing over racial slur," 13 July 2018 As Borat, Cohen infamously butchered the national anthem at a rodeo in Salem, Virginia. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Here's how Sacha Baron Cohen fools celebrities into embarrassing interviews, starting with 'Da Ali G Show'," 13 July 2018 There were handshakes all around, and then the threesome stood side-by-side as a military band played the American national anthem. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, "After Trump’s tumult, time for tea with the queen," 13 July 2018 Two weeks later the dying Yugoslav football association held a World Cup preparatory match in the same stadium, only for Croatian fans to jeer at the Yugoslav national anthem. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 Papa John's got a taste of that last year, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. Candace Choi, Cincinnati.com, "Papa John's to pull founder from marketing after racial slur reports," 13 July 2018 The Queen and the president shook hands, and listened to the U.K. and U.S. national anthems. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Look Back at All of Queen Elizabeth's Presidential Meetings," 13 July 2018 Papa John's got a taste of that last year, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. Candice Choi, Fox News, "Papa John's to take John Schnatter's face off its marketing materials," 13 July 2018 The company got a taste of that last year, when Schnatter stepped down as CEO after blaming disappointing pizza sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. NBC News, "Papa John's pulling founder's image from marketing after racial slur report," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Authorities have been searching for the source for months after two Russian nationals first came into contact with the nerve and became gravely ill. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 Mueller made the assertion in a filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., in his prosecution of 13 Russian nationals and three companies who were indicted in February on charges including interference in the 2016 presidential election. Alex Johnson /, NBC News, "Foreign interference in U.S. elections is still going on, Mueller tells judge," 13 June 2018 Mueller has also indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies on conspiracy charges related to the propaganda effort in the 2016 election. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Donald Trump’s Campaign to Discredit the Russia Investigation May Be Working. It’s Also Damaging American Democracy," 7 June 2018 The charges come after Mueller's investigation has already led to the indictment of 13 Russian nationals who were accused of manipulating social media. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Russian intelligence officers indicted in DNC hacking," 13 July 2018 The ruling halted an extradition request from Poland that one of its nationals, Artur Celmer, should be handed over to face drugs charges. The Economist, "Breaking point: December 2020," 5 July 2018 The lasers originated on or very near China’s first overseas military base, just 8.3 miles from the American base, and according to U.S. officials, Chinese nationals were involved. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Laser Attacks Against U.S. Forces Spread to the Pacific," 19 June 2018 Consulates, which are satellite offices of embassies, can provide support to their nationals and also to the health system. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "After Pulse, Orlando Health program helps link international patients to home countries," 12 Mar. 2018 Hemo said his forces have formally asked foreign governments to take their nationals to be tried at home. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Syrian militia says large number of IS foreign fighters held," 12 Feb. 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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