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

Because the state has such a high population and level of influence, and because of the way the Internet tends to work, California privacy law has in the past become a de facto national standard over time. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Spouse of Ring exec among lawmakers trying to weaken Calif. privacy law," 16 Sep. 2019 Some marijuana industry leaders say the proper solution is better regulation at the federal level, which could create national quality-control standards and permit their business to expand to new markets. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Pick up a joint instead, doc says: Vaping illnesses highlight flawed marijuana regulations," 13 Sep. 2019 The fact is the transport of boundary layer ozone and precursors will influence how regions plan on dealing with efforts to meet national ambient air quality standards. Sahana Ghosh, Quartz India, "India’s noxious emissions are messing up neighbours’ air, too," 8 Sep. 2019 Colorado health officials favor the reclassification and had asked EPA officials why the hearing was necessary, given uncontested data showing a failure to comply with the national ozone pollution health standard. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "EPA mulls whether to downgrade Colorado to a “serious” violator of air quality standards — a move the state favors," 6 Sep. 2019 California has authority under the Clean Air Act, which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon, to set its own emissions standards, which are tougher than national standards. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Trump administration launches legal attack on carmakers' fuel-economy deal with California," 6 Sep. 2019 Congress allowed California to seek waivers from the national standards for that reason. Washington Post, "Official: Trump to challenge California authority on mileage," 6 Sep. 2019 Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran, spoke with congressional staffers from the national security committees about the situation in a call Monday afternoon. Anchorage Daily News, "Tehran rules out talks with U.S. as Trump steps back from directly blaming Iran," 17 Sep. 2019 Not surprisingly, tens of millions of voters have concluded that the proclamations of the national security barons amount to little more than self-serving rhetoric. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The policy says troopers may not detain or arrest foreign nationals simply for being in the country without official permission. Jeff Gammage, ProPublica, "ACLU Sues Pennsylvania State Police, Alleging They’ve Overstepped in Acting as Immigration Authorities," 5 July 2019 Photo: Privé Island Estates Miami’s high-end real-estate market, more so than that of other major U.S. cities, is dependent on out-of-town buyers, especially foreign nationals. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "In Miami, There Are Too Many Condos and Not Enough Foreign Buyers," 27 June 2019 The ride-hailing companies’ offers came after President Trump, citing national security concerns, signed an executive order in banning foreign nationals from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Uber and Lyft Made Big Promises During Trump’s 2017 Travel Ban. Did They Deliver?," 12 June 2019 As Bettel spoke, a small but noisy crowd, many of whom were British nationals living in Luxembourg, clapped and cheered. Aimee Lewis, Matthew Chance And Nina Dos Santos, CNN, "Johnson skips press conference to avoid anti-Brexit protests," 16 Sep. 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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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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