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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Recent Examples on the Web

The identities and nationalities of the dead and injured weren't released. Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, "Grand Canyon helicopter crash 'horrible' - 4 rescued, 3 dead," 11 Feb. 2018 However, Uzbek officials have not yet confirmed the identity or nationality of the attacker. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "As New York Searches for Answers, Trump Blames Chuck Schumer," 1 Nov. 2017 Since their first voyage in 2014, eXXpedition has taken more than 100 women from 14 different nationalities on a total of 11 voyages. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "The All-Women Sailing Crew Trying to Save the Ocean of Plastic," 27 Nov. 2018 Asylum seekers also tend to be of different nationalities than refugees. Aj Willingham, Cnn Design: India Hayes, CNN, "Applying for asylum in the US takes at least 3 months, 2 interviews and one big decision," 1 May 2018 The migrants were of Tunisian and other nationalities, according to the ministry. New York Times, "Dozens of Migrants Drown Off Tunisia and Turkey; Hundreds Rescued Off Spain," 3 June 2018 Here’s an impromptu quiz: Guess the nationality of the person who finds this joke funny. Popular Mechanics, "Can You Tell Someone's Nationality From Their Laugh?," 9 Aug. 2018 But in recent years, basketball has been growing in popularity throughout the country, which this year was disqualified from its first international tournament in 37 years amid questions about the nationality of its players. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti hoped this competition would be its basketball comeback. Then came bad news," 5 July 2018 The global capital hosts nuptials for an awesome range of nationalities, and its cuisine-smart residents know their way around gastronomy. Josh Snider, Popular Mechanics, "The Ferocious Cooking of Fig and Pig," 7 Dec. 2018

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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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