nationality

noun
na·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌna-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce nationality (audio) , ˌnash-ˈna-\
plural nationalities

Definition of nationality

1 : national character the nationality of Ireland is in her songs and in her stories, and in her chronicles and in her tradition— W. B. Yeats
3a : national status specifically : a legal relationship involving allegiance on the part of an individual and usually protection on the part of the state nationality bestowed by birth
b : membership in a particular nation Vietnamese nationality
4 : political independence or existence as a separate nation
5a : a people having a common origin, tradition, and language and capable of forming or actually constituting a nation-state The diverse nationalities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire desired independence.
b : an ethnic group constituting one element of a larger unit (such as a nation) The country is home to five nationalities.

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Synonyms for nationality

Synonyms

ethnicity, nation, race

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Examples of nationality in a Sentence

The country is home to five nationalities and seven languages. people of all races and nationalities She's American, but her parents are of Japanese nationality. He has held French nationality for the past 20 years. The university has students of over 50 nationalities.
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Thirteen were American citizens, seven were Mexican nationals, one was German and one other’s nationality was undetermined. New York Times, "Families of El Paso Victims Waited in Anguish After Shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 Guatemalans accounted for 34% of Border Patrol detentions on the U.S.-Mexico border from October to June, more than any other nationality. Washington Post, "Guatemalan activists protest migrant asylum pact with US," 29 July 2019 Guatemalans accounted for 34% of Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border from October to June, more than any other nationality. NBC News, "U.S., Guatemala sign agreement to restrict asylum cases," 26 July 2019 Guatemalans accounted for 34% of Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border from October to June, more than any other nationality. Colleen Long, The Denver Post, "U.S., Guatemala sign agreement to restrict asylum cases," 26 July 2019 Right now, convincing investors that a European airline can be a dividend-paying snoozefest may require a much stronger anesthetic than nationality. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "German Airline Promises to Bore You," 24 June 2019 The company, based in Little Tokyo, produces work representing Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and other nationalities. Makeda Easter, latimes.com, "For race-specific theater companies, the fight for diversity onstage is far from over," 13 June 2019 Twice as many trips are being taken abroad as 15 years ago, a jump driven partly by Chinese tourists, who spend far more on international travel than any other nationality. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 The search for the teens has taken authorities about 2,000 miles across Canada’s rural north — from British Columbia to Manitoba — in a case with victims with three different nationalities. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Canadian murders: Small town on alert for teens believed to be in area," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of nationality

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nationality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nationality

: a group of people who share the same history, traditions, and language, and who usually live together in a particular country
formal : the fact or status of being a member or citizen of a particular nation

nationality

noun
na·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌna-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce nationality (audio) \
plural nationalities

Kids Definition of nationality

1 : the fact or state of belonging to a particular country
2 : the state of being a separate country
3 : a group of people having a common history, tradition, culture, or language

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