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

Inadvertently, perhaps, H.A.V.A. made the E.A.C. the closest thing this country has to a national election authority. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell is Making the 2020 Election Open Season for Hackers," 12 June 2019 Buckley believed a year of voluntary national service would strengthen feelings and appreciation for the nation. Nr Interview, National Review, "A Political Renewal?," 11 June 2019 Paul Mainieri, who coached the national team last summer and is the head coach at LSU, said. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "For Orioles' top draft pick Adley Rutschman, high expectations only fueled success," 11 June 2019 After a rough April night in North Carolina, Orlando Pride and U.S. women’s national team forward Alex Morgan stuck around WakeMed Soccer Park. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Alex Morgan hopes to translate years of sacrifices into elite World Cup run, another U.S. title," 11 June 2019 The report follows similar evaluations of wind, solar, and hydropower energy and leans on information from national labs and other science agencies. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US report finds sky is the limit for geothermal energy beneath us," 11 June 2019 Solo’s predecessor, Briana Scurry, recently pointed to goalkeeper as a question mark for the U.S. while at a reunion for national team players. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, a Christian Heritage grad, inspires home state with recent success," 11 June 2019 Get our daily newsletter Or consider the national election in March in which Thais selected the 500 members of the lower house. The Economist, "The leader of the Thai junta tortures the rules to remain in power," 8 June 2019 Many in the opposition have concluded that supporting LGBT rights did not help them and are now seeking to back away from that issue ahead of national elections in the fall. Washington Post, "Warsaw’s pride parade comes amid fears and threats in Poland," 8 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

House Democrats have already promised to investigate every aspect of the Trump administration — from the president’s finances and his campaign’s alleged ties to Russian nationals to his cabinet members’ alleged ethics violations. Tara Golshan, Vox, "A top Democrat said he plans to investigate Ryan Zinke in Congress. Zinke called him a drunk.," 30 Nov. 2018 The Supreme Court ruled in 1898 that this right to citizenship covered Wong Kim Ark, who was born in San Francisco to Chinese nationals legally residing in the United States. Salvador Rizzo, The Seattle Times, "Fact-checking Trump’s talk on birthright citizenship, military at the border," 31 Oct. 2018 Reuters: China’s embassy in Washington has issued a security advisory to Chinese nationals traveling to the United States, the latest such warning as trade tensions escalate between the two countries. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Is what's good for General Motors still good for the country?," 3 July 2018 The third-place finisher, 11-year-old Abhijay Kodali, came in second to Naysa at the Dallas regional bee, one of just a few regions that sends multiple spellers to nationals. CBS News, "Karthik Nemmani, 14, wins National Spelling Bee," 31 May 2018 The Oregon men's golf team is heading back to nationals. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Xiong, Gronlund lead Oregon Ducks men's golf team back to nationals," 16 May 2018 Arizona also made it to nationals with a fourth-place finish at a regional in Tallahassee, Fla., behind Alabama, Florida State and Furman. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU, Arizona women's golf teams advance to NCAAs," 9 May 2018 The announcement is the latest step by the administration to phase out Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which is granted to foreign nationals whose countries are decimated by hurricanes, earthquakes and civil wars. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Trump administration ends protections for 57,000 Hondurans," 4 May 2018 All the winners in the open divisions will have the opportunity to head to nationals next month. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "2018 Indiana Golden Gloves champions crowned," 26 Apr. 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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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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