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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web As Individual One of the fundamental ways of identifying yourself is by nationality. Theodore Mcdarrah, Forbes, 1 July 2022 One of the lessons learned four decades ago was coalition building, both within diverse Asian American communities sometimes divided by nationality and with other groups such as African Americans. Niraj Warikoo, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 One of the lessons learned four decades ago was coalition building, both within diverse Asian American communities sometimes divided by nationality and with other groups such as African Americans. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2022 Children who arrive without a parent or guardian go to one area; others are grouped by nationality. New York Times, 10 June 2022 But Title 42 authority, which a federal judge in Louisiana has kept in place, is applied unevenly by nationality. Elliot Spagat, ajc, 8 June 2022 Children who arrive without a parent or guardian go to one area; others are grouped by nationality. Eileen Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2022 The American will to welcome should not discriminate by nationality. David Miliband, Time, 4 May 2022 Asylum limits have been applied unevenly by nationality, depending largely on costs and diplomatic relations with home countries. chicagotribune.com, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nationality

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nationality was in 1691

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nationalistic

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7 Aug 2022

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“Nationality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nationality. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for nationality

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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