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.>
2 : nationalism 1
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 (as a nation) <The country is home to five nationalities.>
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.
First Known Use of nationality
NATIONALITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nationality for English Language Learners
: a group of people who share the same history, traditions, and language, and who usually live together in a particular country
: the fact or status of being a member or citizen of a particular nation
NATIONALITY Defined for Kids
Definition of nationality for Students
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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