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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The night illustrated the power of food to comfort, connect, and inspire people of all different nationalities, ages, and social stations. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Daniel Bouloud Hosts a Decadent Dinner in Support of Citymeals on Wheels," 12 Mar. 2019 In fiscal 2016, around a quarter of asylum seekers of all nationalities failed to show up in court to hear the judgment on their cases, according to Justice Department data, compared with around 11% in 2012. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "U.S. Border Patrol Uses Tear Gas to Disperse Migrant Caravan," 26 Nov. 2018 Claims in both venues, from all nationalities, have seen sharp rises over the past five years, and backlogs have mushroomed. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 Learn English Fort Bend County Libraries presents a free program for individuals of all nationalities who would like a place to practice their English language and conversation skills. Houston Chronicle, "Katy-area calendar of events," 12 June 2018 The visa is currently available to people of all nationalities, except those from the six countries currently under the travel ban instituted by the Trump administration: Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Ann M. Simmons, latimes.com, "The surest path to a green card may be an investor visa — at least for anybody with $500,000 to spare," 10 Apr. 2018 The flagbearers walk into the stadium en masse with the athletes grouped behind in no particular order, all nationalities mixed together. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Russia did not play by rules, so IOC should not allow its flag at Olympic closing ceremony," 24 Feb. 2018 The accomplished pair share a nationality and boundless creative energy, which has earned them each multi-hyphenate-status. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "To Celebrate Their New Resort Line, Camilla Stærk and Helena Christensen Host a Rum-Soaked and Sun-Dappled Weekend in Puerto Rico," 18 Apr. 2019 The nudity—about which an actress of another nationality might barely think twice—was in her case a means of striking back at the people who had tried to impose restrictions on her. Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 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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